Sea Festival Event
Added 6 July 2010
The morning of Sunday 4 July 2010 got off to a good start. The weather forecast was terrible, but at 5.45am it looked like we would get away with it with the Cleveleys microclimate! The sky was clearing and there was hardly a breeze, so everything looked positive.
Then by 8am, the wind had got up. It was impossible setting up and well over 2/3 of the exhibitors didn't turn up as planned and booked. A hardy few arrived and erected their gazebos on Jubilee Gardens, despite the gale that was now blowing.
At 10am people started making their way down to the seafront at Victoria Road West, and what a sight waited there! It was incredible to see so many people together, a good number of them in costume (adults included), along with the giant puppets and the waiting officials from the Council and Birse.
After a short opening ceremony the parade was off! A short walk along the newly completed Phase 4 and into the headwind was enough - thankfully the wind was behind the walkers and helped them along to Jubilee Gardens!
It was a sight to see, the promenade was completely full from end to end, with people walking and others watching. The costumes were fabulous and people took the bad weather in good spirits and saw the funny side!
At Jubile, Poco Loco entertained everyone as they assembled at the obelisk, and then made their way over to the Radio Wave stage for the prize giving for the costumes. Then it started to rain!
At least we managed to do the important bit of the day without accompanying rain - so many people had shown such good will and put such a lot of effort in that it would have been heartbreaking if it had rained earlier.
Unfortunately, most of the afternoon was ruined by heavy rain and gales, so once again the Great British Summer wrecked a good event!