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Westgate Day and Scarecrow Festival Update

By Gill Gray Westgate-on-Sea Town Council

Friday, 15 May 2020


Westgate-on-Sea Town Council Contributor



We have been advised that the format for the Westgate Day event which we launched so successfully last year and which inevitably generates large crowds, is not going to be possible this year due to the uncertainty around the Coronavirus COVID-19 situation that is ongoing. Sadly, therefore we have had to take the decision to cancel the Westgate Day event for this year which was proposed to be held on 18th July 2020.

Westgate Day is our Town Anniversary on 18th July, and it links to the year 1870.
It was a significant year in the town’s history. It was the year the Admiralty installed the Coastguard and the Coastguard houses/cottages along our coastline. This year saw the first development of the Westgate Estate - from which our town grew. And 1870 was historically in keeping with the “Social Season” when wealthy people would come from London for their Summer leisure activities. (source : Dr Dawn Crouch, Curator, Westgate Heritage Centre)


To mark the date of the Town Anniversary 18th July we wanted to organise alternative activities for the Town if possible and therefore we would like to invite the community to get involved in the first collaborative Scarecrow Festival in Westgate on Sea which was originally planned for September this year, this is being organised by Community Spirit Craft Group and Fixology. Scarecrows have a long history in our country and Scarecrow Festivals take place each year in small towns and villages and are often used as a fundraising event. The popular well-established Festivals attract visitors and it is hoped that Westgate can use the opportunity to promote our Town as a future destination. We hope that you will join in and pledge to build your own scarecrow or perhaps make part of a joint effort with some of your neighbours.

The Festival will be over the weekend of 18th and 19th July and we hope will provide a brilliant opportunity for families to get out and discover the wonderful creations spread around the Town and vote for their favourites.

The Trail will start on Saturday 18th July from 12 noon until 5pm and be repeated on Sunday 19th July from 12 noon until 5pm. The scarecrows will be located all around the Town of Westgate on Sea, so be prepared to do plenty of walking.

We will be providing a trail map of the scarecrows to help you locate them all, so please what are you waiting for, pledge a scarecrow during lockdown and let us see how creative we can all get! Please email [email protected] to request further details and/or pledge a scarecrow.

Also, our tag #Westgate Proud, please remember to use this to share your posts on the day.

Contact Information

Gill Gray

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