Horsham revelled in three days of Italian-themed attractions over the Easter break.
Thousands threw themselves into the spirit of the 10th Piazza Italia festival held on Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Monday and organised by Horsham District Council.
Gleaming Italian cars with legendary names like Maserati and Ferrari fascinated the motor fans that flocked to the Carfax and other areas of the town.
Cooking fans relished the demonstrations by experts and also enjoyed the huge range of produce and food on sale during the continental showcase.
Among the other activities volunteers also raised money for charity.
Women and children took to the catwalk in aid of three Horsham local charities on Easter Monday at Parkside, with two shows.
Remembering the Christian theme of Easter, Horsham Churches Together brought the popular ‘Messy Church’ to The Forum to create ‘Messy Easter’ as part of Piazza Italia. More than 400 children and their families enjoyed making bracelets with crosses, Easter plates explaining the true meaning of Easter,
Venetian masks, decorating cakes and ‘rolling the stone away’ using marbles and paint.
Worshippers had their own reason to celebrate over the weekend with the Horsham Churches Together Walk of Witness and Joint Service. About 1,000 people marked Good Friday with a service at the Bandstand arranged by Horsham Churches Together. Before the service, Horsham Churches Togethers’ Walk of Witness started from two locations at St John’s Catholic Church and Brighton Road Baptist Church, with more than 300 Christians walking along West Street and East Street, converging at the Bandstand. An innovation for this year was the distribution of Hot Cross buns along with serviettes explaining why there is a cross on a Hot Cross Bun.
Whether remembering the serious message of Easter or simply having fun Horsham turned out in style to enjoy the holiday weekend. The District Post was there to record some of the activities,