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Horsham’s eclectic mix energises town

Horsham buzzed with a wide variety of activities on Sunday.

Pride of place went to the hundreds of volunteers who took part in the Race for Life to raise money for the Cancer Research charity, hoping for a final fund-raising tally of more than £100,000. Many were inspired by the memory of loved ones lost to cancer or currently fighting it.

A touch of the joie de vivre came from the busy French Market and Vintage Fayre, while the Plum Jam Classic VW Rally drew a lot of admirers.

People in the Race for Life presented a brilliant spectacle as the runners entered the Carfax from their start point in Horsham Park and ran past the ranks of VWs, market stalls, onlookers and supporters. 

Facilitated by Horsham District Council in partnership with Horsham Markets, Plum Jam Campers and Cancer Research, the council’s events team ensured that the day ran smoothly.

Cabinet Member for the Local Economy Cllr Gordon Lindsay said: “I was delighted to see these different organisations working so well together with the council to pull off such a great event for the benefit of both the many visitors and local businesses.”

PJ Aldred from Horsham Markets said : “The eclectic mix of a French market, English vintage market and German classic VW camper vans proved a real winner. All started off with a great run for such a brilliant cause. It was another fine example of how local organisations work so well together for Horsham.”

From the VW emerged three winners; Best Interior Design Award to the “orange bay window in East Street with all the retro bikes”, People’s Choice to “Rusty” with the red split screen in the Market Square and Best in Show Award to the white Beetle on the RSA bridge. 

 The town’s next big event will be Armed Forces Sunday on June 26.

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