Crowds gathered in Littlehampton harbour on Sunday, 2nd August 2015 for Littlehampton’s Waterfront Festival.
This popular annual event organised by Littlehampton’s Harbour Master, Billy Johnson proved a huge success with visitors. The RNLI treated waterside spectators to a spectacular display of their seamanship and boating skills within the confines of the relatively narrow river Arun.
Littlehampton RNLI was joined by RNLI Shoreham’s all weather lifeboat, art Tamar which welcomed visitors aboard for a tour of this very impressive vessel.
RNLI Shoreham’s all weather lifeboat named the Enid Collett after the late donor’s generous legacy funded the boat which costs £2.7million leaving Littlehampton Harbour after allowing visitors onboard for a tour and to meet the patient crew who answered everyone’s questions.
There was lots of water-based activities for visitors to enjoy including this amazing water jet which propelled the rider out of the water to seemingly walk along the river.
Littlehampton Waterfront Festival attracted large numbers of visitors to the area on what was a beautiful day.
RNLI Littlehampton’s Blue Peter 1, an Atlantic 75 lifeboat showing it’s capabilities within the confines of the relatively narrow River Arun.
Littlehampton Harbour Board’s new workboat Erica strutting her stuff during Littlehampton Waterfront Festival.
Jet Skis in action during the Waterfront Festival in Littlehampton harbour
Littlehampton’s new public realm provided lots of space for viewing the water based activities.
Littlehampton’s new public realm links up to the recently built waterside walkway providing an off-road route from Littlehampton seafront to the town centre. The new walkway was a joint project between the Environment Agency and their partners, Arun District Council, Littlehampton Harbour Board, West Sussex County Council and Littlehampton Town Council. The scheme was delivered at a total cost of £22.5m and includes a significant new sea defence wall along Pier Road and Arun Parade.
New and old. The new public realm linking to the riverside walkway which was completed in 2006.
Arun Yacht Club’s dingy sailors were out in force showing off their skills.
Littlehampton RNLI beach lifeguards were part of the main RNLI display.
Littlehampton RNLI boats on display.
Sadly, the seaplane which was due to arrive at midday had to cancel at short notice owing to the pilot’s wife being unwell. We hope all is well with her and a picture below of the seaplane landing at last year’s Waterfront Festival.
Seaplane landing at last year’s Waterfront Festival.
Thanks to Littlehampton Harbour Master Billy Johnson and his wonderful staff for putting on another great event.
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