The first ever Westgate Day celebration takes place today (July 21) from noon to 9pm.
Activities will be on the greens at Sea Road which will include a performance stage with residents and groups from across the community showcasing their talents. There will also be a fun fair.
There will be an artisan marketplace in Adrian Squares in the town offering a wide range of produce, from local made crafts, food and drink.
There will also be psychic readings, hog roast, an award-winning cake maker and ice creams.
Westgate-on-Sea Town Council have agreed with Stagecoach to run a free bus service for the day.
The bus will be operating from 1pm to 8pm and stops are at Westgate Community Centre, Cambourne Avenue, Hengist Road, Sea Road (o/s Swan public house), Sea Road (o/s Pavilion), Sea Road (end of the road), Station Road (o/s Train Station), Minster Road (o/s Library) and back to Westgate Community Centre.
Westgate schools, youth group and care homes have also been participating in projects during the run up to the event. The projects encouraged discovery of the town’s history, culture and environment as well as intergenerational relationships where young and not-so-young can learn from each other.
The newly-created town anniversary – designated as July 18 -is designed to raise awareness of the town, its uniqueness and give an official annual day where the locals can celebrate.
The motto/tag for all social media is #Westgate Proud which the town council hopes people will use when posting pictures to social media.