Rye In Bloom
Rye’s Water Festival
An exciting new event at Strand Quay.
Rye’s very first Water Festival took place from 10am-4pm on Saturday 22nd May. A celebration of Rye’s environmental heritage and its watery past and present was organised by Rye in Bloom as part of its entry in the national Britain in Bloom Competition.
Tush Hamilton, celebrity Fisherman (featured on Rick Stein’s cookery programme) from Hastings, was on Strand Quay demonstrating how to prepare, cook and really enjoy locally caught fish. Tasting was enjoyed by all.
Saturday the 22nd was designated World Biodiversity Day and “Food, Water and Health for All” is the United Nations theme this year. Rye’s Water Festival was also part of East Sussex County Councils Maritime Season celebration for 2004.
Southern Water, Water Aid, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Pett Level Drainage Board and The Environment Agency mingled with local Fisheries, Angling Clubs, Iden Wood Fishery and tackle suppliers. The Fisherman’s Association were in evidence alongside Rye Fire and Rescue Service. Drought garden plants, swim wear, wet suits, and water were on sale. Rye Harbour Sailing Club and The Boat Owners Association also took part.
A French sailing rally was due to arrive at the Quay during the day but failed to make it in time for the noon tide. Hundreds turned up at the Strand Quay and enjoyed a colourful fun day which had interest for every member of the family. They strolled among the exhibits and listened to the great new jazz choir “Ricochet” who performed throughout the afternoon.
The event was an enormous success and takes the Rye in Bloom effort just one step forward on their way towards winning the coveted “Britain in Bloom” title. Rye in Bloom will be judged in late June, South & South East England in July and “Britain in Bloom at the beginning of August.
Rye’s Own Bulletin June 2004
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