Contact telephone (before the day): 01273 46 2043 (Andy Horton)

Adur Festival: Louise Durant 01273 263 163

World Oceans Day UK Web Page





Dear Editor,


Date: 2 June 2001 (Saturday) 10:00 am - 4.00 pm

Venue: The large Marquee, Coronation Green, next to the footbridge, east end of the High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea. Near the historic 12th century Marlipins Museum with its maritime displays, which will be open on the day.


Saturday 2 June 2001

The World Oceans Day Fayre on Coronation Green, Shoreham-by-Sea, presents the world of the oceans both to the uninitiated with plenty to interest the experienced rockpooler, diver or fisherman. The main display of live lobsters, crabs, will be complemented with a selection of smaller animals from the seas off Sussex, with rock pool fish, crabs, sea anemones and some of the more unusual life that can be seen through the glass sides of an aquarium.

Children will be treated to the popular hands-on supervised display of the smaller marine life, together with a variety of colouring and interactive activities.

Experts will be on hand to answer questions and there will be displays of underwater photography, sea birds, shingle plants, seashells and remains washed up on the strandline, and information about whales, dolphins and sharks.


Adur World Oceans Day takes place at the start of the Adur Festival so there will be street and music events (East Street), art and sculpture (Tarmount Studio), exhibitions including the 350th anniversary of the escape of King Charles II from Shoreham (Marlipins Maritime Museum, High Street), and all these events take place within walking distance of Coronation Green.


In June 1992, the UK Prime Minister and over 150 other Heads of States signed the Convention on Biological Diversity at Rio de Janeiro. They did so to express a shared belief that action must be taken to halt the

worldwide loss of animal and plant species and genetic resources.

World Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

Most events will coincide with the spring tides on the previous weekend, i.e. 2 & 3 June 2001.


There will be special colourful photographic opportunities to film children interacting with the lobsters and spider crabs. Quotes (very interesting) can be obtained of what the children feel about the creatures from the deep "scary, fascinating, wonderful etc."



Quote from Andy Horton, writer and photographer on seashore life:

"People travel half way across the world to see wildlife, but do not know what is on their doorstep, in the rockpools when the tide goes out. There is a rich fauna at low tide and under the sea off Sussex."


Lobsters, Crabs and small Sharks (Live Display)

This exciting main event is presented by Jim Partridge of Monteum Ltd and there will be huge lobsters, spider crabs, edible crabs, sharks and other fish.

Marine Aquarium

The British Marine Life Study Society aquarium will represent a tidal pool with sea anemones with long flowing stinging tentacles, crabs and prawns and shrimps and rock pool fish.

Whales and Dolphins

There will be an interactive whale and dolphin exhibit by local nature writer Steve Savage, with opportunities for children to participate.

Blunden's Fish Tasting

Free fish tasting from a local fish and chip shop.

Internet-style Information on Computer

Internet-style information on a computer about both marine life and the town of Shoreham, including its history, should be of interest to residents and visitors alike.

Shingle Beach at Shoreham

Photographs and information about the plants on the shingle beach at Shoreham beach may surprise a few people with its unique flora, including two very rare plants.

Other Participants

Sussex Sea Fisheries, Beneath the West Pier (photographs plus), Brighton branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club, West Sussex County Council Countryside Ranger Unit, Touch table for beachcombers, Adur District Council "Quality of Life", Interactive children's activities by David and Marion Wood with competitions (very popular). Face painting.

Children's Displays

Willows First School, Lancing will present children's work and other artefacts of the marine world.


Small Marine Critters

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Possibly one of the star attractions is the small animal display by Len Nevell of the British Marine Life Study Society, with the smaller display of marine critters (the very young children get a bit frightened of the large lobsters with their snapping claws and the sharks) so the smaller hermit crabs, prawns, sea anemones are to their liking.



Best wishes,

Andy Horton.

British Marine Life Study Society