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Over 45,000 people make it the biggest ever Paddle Round The Pier Beach Festival

Huge crowds flocked to this year’s Paddle Round The Pier Beach Festival helping to make it the biggest friendliest festival ever.

The event, which took place last Friday to Sunday (1 to 3 July) has been hailed a resounding success and the “best ever” by visitors, exhibitors, competitors and organisers alike, with around 45,000-50,000 people attending.

The sunshine shone down on this year’s “Paddle” which certainly helped with the success, but it was without a doubt the huge array of land, beach and water attractions, sports and other entertainment that drew record crowds down to Hove Lawns.

Amongst the activities enjoyed by spectators were the mass ‘Paddle Round The Pier’, skateboarding and BMX park sponsored by Nike, the huge array of live music and a crowd-favourite – the ‘Paddle Something Unusual’.

Dave Samuel, event director said: “The smiling faces of everyone present said it all.

“My favourites this year have been the sandy beach we built on the prom and, as always, the disability accessibility beach.”

“Also we had some great freesports ramps, which ramps have now been donated to the Brighton Youth Centre and city parks for the all to enjoy.”

Amongst the hundreds of exhibitors taking part was Hunter Joslin, inventor of the Indo Board balance trainer who travelled over from the United States and said: “This is my first time at the event and it has blown me away!

“They say it’s the largest free beach festival in Europe, but I would say it’s by far the biggest in the world. It’s bigger than anything I’ve ever been to.”

To keep up-to-date with the final total, plus photos, videos and news of next year’s event check out www.paddleroundthepier.com and www.facebook.com/paddleroundthepier.

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