The route of Bexhill Carnival procession will not be changed this year as feared.
It will leave from Turkey Road and pass through Sidley on its way to Old Town and towards the Polegrove.
The news has been greeted with relief by local residents and businesspeople who feared Sidley would miss out if the procession had to start from Buxton Drive because of link road construction work and its impact on the area.
Trader Jay Carroll, of Heart of Sidley, said: “It is fantastic.
“This has such positive impact on Sidley, when we have been getting a little bit of a hard time.
“It raises everybody’s spirits. Sidley is turning corners now - we are on the up. It is all change...the bridge will be open, and the procession will go through Sidley.”
Local councillor Maurice Watson commented: “I am extremely pleased to hear that - It’s good for Sidley. Let’s hope we all enjoy the carnival.”
He had previously highlighted concern that the procession would be diverted this year and felt Sidley residents and traders would lose out on an event that has been a community highlight every year - such as volunteers at All Saints church who hand out drinks as floats pass by, also the pub, and shopkeepers down the high street.
“I had been spitting feathers since I first heard about the procession maybe being diverted, but this is good news for Sidley at last,” he added.
Meanwhile the line up for the Party in the Park at this year’s Bexhill Carnival (from July 19–26) has just been confirmed.
One of the joys of Carnival Week, which is sponsored by Hastings Direct, is this evening event, starting at 7pm. on Friday July 25.
Local residents are welcome to bring along a picnic - no glass bottles allowed - and enjoy the music which includes The Jersey Boys, 1066 Rockit and Showadyywaddy 2.
All the proceeds raised on the night will go towards the charity Entertainment Workshop – that delivers an alternative education programme for young people across the Hastings and Rother areas.
For all the latest news on the carnival visit www.bexhillcarnival.co.uk or keep updated via Twitter or Facebook.