Wild Life festival fears threaten Shoreham’s military fort action

Organisers are appealing for Shoreham to support this year's military history event Organisers are appealing for help to make this year's military history event a success
Organisers are appealing for Shoreham to support this year's military history event Organisers are appealing for help to make this year's military history event a success

SUSSEX’S biggest music festival is threatening to derail Friends Shoreham Fort’s Military History Weekend next month, organisers of the event have claimed.

This year’s history spectacular will clash with the Wild Life Festival at Shoreham Airport, which is being staged on the same weekend on June 6 and 7.

Organisers are fearful a surge of traffic flocking to the music festival will cause locals to avoid the roads – and the history weekend.

Secretary to the Friends of Shoreham Fort, Sharon Penfold, said: “We are too far down the line to re-schedule the military history weekend so we are urging everybody to really get behind us and ensure it is, once again, a huge success, despite potential problems with traffic congestion on the A259 and surrounding roads.

“We are very reliant on the goodwill of the community – and other voluntary groups – so let’s all pull together as much as possible please and really support each other.”

The military history weekend will be raising vital funds for the Friends of Shoreham Fort.

Organisers need to attract at least 2,000 people to the explosive event to break even.

However, the ambition is to pull more people through the door to generate as much cash as possible for future events.

To off-set potential losses, the Friends of Shoreham Fort is desperately appealing for locals to offer financial support – either towards general event costs or to fund specific activities such as cannon firings.

Donations will be fully acknowledged by the group in print and online.

For details, call Sharon on 07803 603061 or email secretary@shorehamfort.co.uk

It’s hoped that with this added support the annual bonanza will continue to thrive and offer the unique insight into the history of the fort and Shoreham Beach’s wider heritage.

Next month’s action will be no different, with an explosive mix of cannon firings, historic re-enactments, hands-on history activities for children and live music.

The weekend will be free to those visiting the 19th century battlements.

For information on the action, see www.shorehamfort.co.uk