Tuesday, 31 May 2011

WORTHING

The stretch of coast heading east from Littlehampton is characterised by an almost unbroken string of coastal development. There are a series of small communities along the coast towards Worthing – Rustington with its flint cottages, Angmering-On-Sea with a 12th-century church, Ferring with a Norman church and Goring-by-Sea, a residential suburb of Worthing. Worthing is another of those fully-fledged traditional resorts which pepper the Sussex coast. Worthing made the transition from fishing hamlet to fashionable resort after a visit in 1798 by Princess Amelia, the sickly younger sister of the Prince Regent, who came to the town for health reasons. The local museum has a collection of costumes from 1700 to the present day. A restored windmill, High Salvington Windmill, stands on the northern edge of the town.

Worthing’s big event of the year is the Worthing International Bird Man Competition, in which competitors, with the aid of a variety of flying contraptions, fling themselves off the end of the pier, the person covering the greatest distance winning a prize. Many people take part in aid of charity, and a bit like the London Marathon, there are both comedy and serious participants, so it makes for an entertaining free day out for the spectators. The original bird man competition took place in Selsey, then it moved to Bognor Regis, but transferred to Worthing due to changes to the pier in Bognor, but in 2010 there were two separate events, one in Bognor and one in Worthing. For this and other events see here.

Map of the area.


File:Boat on Worthing Beach, West Sussex - geograph.org.uk - 1113243.jpg
Photo by Roger Kidd, via Wikimedia Commons

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