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A review of news from 2017

January

 

New Year dippers in Bognor Regis spanned two centuries. The participants in the revived fun event to welcome in 2017 ranged from 15 to nearly 80 years old.

 

February

 

Tributes were paid to one of Bersted’s longest-serving councillors. A minute’s silence in honour of John Potter was held at the start of the meeting of the parish council where he was praised for his contribution to its activities.

 

March

 

Excited children at a Rose Green school saw their messages in a special birthday album for the first time. The 15 pupils were presented with certificates for contributing to a unique celebration for the Queen’s 90th birthday.

 

Prayers for Pagham were offered by the area’s vicar as more than a thousand homes in the area moved closer. The Rev Mark Eminson joined the 1,600 plus campaigners who had written to Arun District Council to urge the rejection of the proposals.

 

April

 

Just over £41,000 was handed out in grants to Bognor Regis groups by the town’s mayor. Cllr Pat Dillon presented the funds for the highlight of his civic reception to mark his year in office.

 

Several hundred people of all ages went along to enjoy the smiles in the Sunshine at the five-day Clowns’ International celebration. There were hula-hoops, juggling classes, diabolos, stilt walking and the biggest bubbles in Bognor Regis to enjoy as well as a humour-packed farewell show at the park’s bandstand.

 

May

 

This month marked the first anniversary of the Bognor Regis and Chichester Post. That’s right! We had been bringing you an unrivalled free newspaper for exactly 12 months.

 

New Bognor Regis town mayor Phil Woodall wore his chain of office on his first day at work after his appointment. Customers at the Tradepoint section at the town’s B&Q store had the novelty of being served for the first time ever by its senior elected citizen.

 

June

 

More than 3,000 people were drawn to Hotham Park for a day devoted to books and storytelling. The fourth annual Festival of Imagination proved a success with visitors and organisers enjoying the free activities provided by the town council.

 

Past and present members for the armed forces were saluted at a tribute in Bognor Regis. The town’s revived Armed Forces Day saw scores of the veterans and serving personnel take centre stage for the first time in two years.

 

July

 

Car fans enjoyed the latest special day of classic and vintage vehicles in Bognor Regis. The Drive Through Time motor gala at West Park attracted hundreds of enthusiasts from the surrounding areas. The sixth of the events by Bognor Regis Town Council offered by the opportunity to club exhibitors and individuals to showcase their most prized possessions on four wheels.

 

August

 

Animal magic brought the country to the coast in Bognor Regis’ biggest event of its kind. A menagerie of animals provided one of the main highlights of this year’s record-breaking Hotham Park Country Fair and proved popular among visitors of all ages to the annual summer attraction.

 

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un put aside their differences at the International Bognor Birdman. The controversial leaders of the USA and North Korea staged a joint entry complete with missiles which promptly sank without a trace off the town’s pier. The winning twosome in the competitions Kingfisher class were suitably dressed with wigs, fake tan and headgear.

 

September

 

Great Bognor Bake off made its debut on bank holiday Monday and was a huge success. With over 20 entrants and big interest on the day, organiser Sarah Boote-Cook has already confirmed it will return for a second year with even more categories.

 

October

 

Nightmares and terrors came true for all at the Hotham Park Rox Halloween event. Families flocked to the park in the afternoon for the terrifying free event. The Bognor in Bloom Pumpkin Competition was a great success, with many entrants and three category prize winners.

 

November

 

Seven decades vanished in the moment it took Jeanette Dace to plant a poppy cross at the Bognor Regis war memorial.  Tears filled the eyes of former soldier James McGrory at Aldwick’s service of remembrance.

 

December

 

Excited residents of all ages were delighted as the town lit up when the Christmas lights were switched on. The cast from the Spillers pantomime

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