After long delays, Littlehampton’s newest seafront attraction The Stage By The Sea was opened earlier today, Sunday 11th May 2014 by Littlehampton’s Mayor Councillor Joyce Bowyer.
Littlehampton’s Mayor Councillor Joyce Bowyer and Littlehampton Town Councillor Malcolm Belchamber speak at the today’s opening. Councillor Belchamber was the host for today’s event.
Crowds gathered to watch the official opening and just as the ribbon was about to be cut, the sun came out, which hopefully is a good omen for Littlehampton’s Stage by the Sea.
Littlehampton’s Stage by the Sea’s blue ribbon cut marking its opening.
Members of the Edwin James Festival Choir waiting to take the stage and make history by being the Stage By The Sea’s first performers.
The Choir’s performance got an enthusiastic response from the crowd and it was interesting that despite the awful winds, the sound was clear and beautiful. The Stage By The Sea has been designed to allow microphone-less performances and the designers say that is a key feature of the shell-like structure. However, during today’s opening microphone’s were used.
Some members of the Edwin James Festival Choir performing earlier.
The Choir will be performing their “Darling Buds of May Concert” at St James The Great Church, East Ham Road Littlehampton on Saturday 17th May, 2014 together with their friends from Ontario, Canada from the Addison Women’s Choir.
Tickets are £8 and the concert begins at 7.30. Full details on their website.
There was no doubt about it, 9-year old “JD” from Wick, Littlehampton, a previous winner of “Wick’s got talent” stole the show with his own unique dance routine. Written and performed by himself, JD really won the audience over.
“JD” ending his routine to rapturous applause.
Folk singer, Mal entertained the crowds with his one-man folk performance his music which has very beautiful and melodic with a Celtic theme.
Mal singing at the opening of Littlehampton’s Stage By The sea.
Littlehampton’s Stage by the Sea is located in the old Banjo Road Gardens. During today’s official opening, the audience were not allowed to go onto the grass. However, I’d imagine this was done to the fact that the turf had only been laid late this week and will need time to establish itself.
The structure itself differs somewhat from the original artists impression as the two shell-like structures are not seamlessly joined together. Neither can you walk over the roof as was originally described.The two shells have instead been created independent of each other, divided by a lower grass walkway. On the sea-facing side there is a smaller shell-like structure which has been created as a (fairly small) seafront shelter.
The location itself, Banjo Road Car park has raised some eyebrow’s locally as this location doesn’t really allow much of on an area for an audience to gather without the necessity for closing the coach car park. However, it certainly looked great today with the sun shining down of the stage and the wonderful performances.
The Stage by the Sea can be booked for your own event via Arun District Council’s Website here
It will be interesting to see how this latest ‘quirky’ Littlehampton Seafront feature goes down with the locals and visitors.
But today at least, the sun shone and those of us who attended enjoyed some splendid performances and were reminded of the wonderful talent we have living amongst us. Regrettably I had to leave before the end of the acts and I apologise for missing out the other two final acts performances.
A couple watching Mel’s folk music performance.
The somewhat controversial longest bench structure provides an excellent vantage point for the new Stage By The Sea.