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Church’s gift day to residents

THOUSANDS of free cakes were eaten by Bognor Regis residents thanks to members of a town church.


Hard-working cooks in Grace Church baked the 3,000 sweet treats for its latest community day.


The cakes were among the offering to the public organised by worshipers.


Some 2,000 people were thought to have gone along to have a great time at the Hampshire Avenue playing field.


They could tuck into free hamburgers, hot dogs and ice creams as well as the cakes. All the attractions could also be enjoyed without paying out a penny.


One of the church’s pastors, Thomas Bishop, said: “As a church, we just wanted to do a fun event to be enjoyed by the community to bring everyone together.


“In this day and age, opportunities for people to meet each other are getting fewer. They are less pubs around now.


“Social media has replaced them to some extent but it’s not the same.


“We also wanted to show people that God loves them. We feel we are called to go out into the community.


“We can meet on Sundays but people may not know we are there. A day like this provides them with the chance to get to know us and it’s also a lot of fun.”


The popularity of last Saturday’s event saw nearly all of the 500 hot dogs and 900 hamburgers devoured just over halfway though its four hours.


It was the second day of its kind held in the town by church members. The first was in 2016. Others have been held in its other meeting places of Chichester, Havant and Midhurst.


Plenty of attractions were available to entertain visitors away from the free food. Some 20 stalls included a hook a duck contest, an inflatable assault course, an under-fives marquee, a small display of owls and face painting.


A children’s entertainer, a games area and live music were also on offer.


Members of the Nitecki Southern Taekwon-Do School also delighted crowds with their martial arts prowess.


Aged from five upwards, they showed off their skills breaking roof tiles, baton blocks and blocks of wood.


Leader Daniel Nitecki said: “About 60 members are here taking part. We are doing some self-defences moves and stuff like that.


“They can show how much skill they have. They get nervous at the start but then they enjoy it.”

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