Easter’s Horsham Piazza Italia 9 has run its course with thousands of people flocking to Horsham to celebrate Italian culture in the heart of West Sussex.
Organised by Horsham District Council, Horsham Piazza Italia has now run for nine years straight and in that time it hasn’t stopped growing.
Horsham Piazza Italia is now seen as the premier free event in the south over the Easter Weekend and the event delivered on all counts, with a greater variety of cars, bikes, food and entertainment than ever before.
On Good Friday the rain limited the number of Ducati led bikes to just 120 but what they lacked in quantity was more than made up for in quality. Many extremely rare and stunning looking bikes passed through the Carfax on their way to the Bishopric display area before just fewer than 100 Ferraris arrived to an enthusiastic welcome from an audience in un-dampened high spirits.
Good Friday was also host to the La Vida fashion show in Piries Place which also featured Beales beauty demonstrations, the models having been beautified by Beauty Secrets of East Street.
On Easter Saturday the weather determinedly maintained a grey shadow over town, it did not seem to affect the public.
This may have been in response to the arrival of the classic Minis from ItalianJob.com who transported us back to the sixties and seventies with their groovy parade (novelty horns included), before energising Bishopric with their fun clock face display.
New additions to Piazza Saturday were the Horsham Urban Children and Family Centres Children’s activity marquee on the Forum and the Children’s Trust Supercar volunteers and the ‘race ready team’ from Broadbridge Heath Garage which brought swathes of supercars to Market Square and East Street.
Saturday featured the likes of Tony Strange’s characters and his team of brilliant entertainers, Mr Pavarotti, Dan the Hat and many operatic voices contributing to the party atmosphere. A new weekend long commentary from Horsham’s very own, in-comparably eccentric Tim Fifield, kept visitors informed, engaged and amused.
Easter Monday was kicked off by a fantastic parade, organised by Lamborghini Sevenoaks, featuring 11 top of the range Lamborghinis, strutting powerfully through Carfax before making their way to the Forum display area. The HDC event team said, “We are delighted to have them join the Piazza Italia family and look forward to having the Lamborghinis back next year!”
A new Abarth display conjured up by local dealer Horsham Car Centre, joined by scooters and stylish older Fiat 500s in the Bishopric.
Horsham District Council Town Centre and Event Manager Garry Mortimer-Cook said, “Whilst Horsham District Council is proud to lead the organisation of this now regionally significant event, this is without doubt a tribute to the massive team of fantastic vehicle organisers, commercial sponsors and voluntary and business supporters that the event is at all possible – We thank each and every one of them for enabling us to make this happen for Horsham. We are already planning for the tenth Piazza Italia to be a very special experience. Piazza Italia X will take place on 25 – 28 March 2016 so put it in your diary now so you don’t miss it!”