Summer rain fails to stop play

Rother - Be Active 2 SUS-150825-125129001
Rother - Be Active 2 SUS-150825-125129001

Keep fit enthusiasts braved the rain to attend a major event in Bexhill aimed at encouraging people to be active.

The event, held on the lawns by the De La Warr Pavilion on Sunday (23), was forced to finish early as balmy August heat gave way to a torrential downpour.

Despite the weather, organisers Active Rother, the Rother District Council-led partnership which encourages people to get active, hailed the event a success.

Visitors were able to watch demonstrations and activities in a range of different sports, find out about volunteering opportunities and even have a go themselves.

Cllr Jonathan Johnson, Rother District Council lead member for young people, sport and leisure, said: “While the British weather did its worst, it didn’t stop people having a great, if somewhat wet, time and we received overwhelmingly positive feedback from those attending.

“Be Active was an opportunity to showcase the great breadth and variety of sporting activities on offer to people in Rother, and the clubs and groups taking part all said they had a lot of interest from the public.

“We are grateful to everyone who supported the day, including local sports clubs, and plans are already being prepared to repeat the event next year, when hopefully the weather will be more kind to us.”

Activities showcased at Be Active included demonstrations by Bexhill Shotokan Karate Club, CrossFit Firehills, Freedom Leisure, Karina Levere Zumba and Bexhill Runners.

People were also able to have a try at taster sessions in some sports, including a ‘step into the ring’ with Bexhill Boxing Club.

Among those involved in Sunday’s event were Stuart Ramsbottom, Rother District Council’s active and healthy communities specialist; Adrian Gaylon Rother’s sports development officer; Cllr Jonathan Johnson, Rother’s lead member for young people, sport and leisure, Cllr Gillian Johnson, Rother member for Bexhill Old Town and Lauren Hunnisett, the Getting Rother Active project co-ordinator.

Anyone who missed the event or want details of opportunities to be active in Rother can go to or visit us on Facebook /Activerother and Twitter @activerother.

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