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It was buckets and spades at the ready, as well as big smiles, last Saturday, as families and volunteers swapped the London bustle and smog for refreshing sea breezes and some fairground fun.

The WBAF day trip to Brighton was finally able to go ahead after a gap of four years. Massive thanks to volunteers Sabrina and Syed who managed to raise the funds by completing a sponsored 10km run.

65 families went on the trip, along with nine volunteers and WBAF organiser, Emmanuel Michael.

Everyone was in high spirits as we boarded a fast train at Victoria and we were soon in Brighton, making for the beach.

Some of the little ones had never seen the sea before and hopped with excitement when they looked to the end of the road and saw a sheet of blue glistening in the distance.

Then it was paddling, football or just relaxing on the beach with ice creams and packed lunches.

Luckily, the weather favoured us and we had plenty of sunshine throughout the day, as the rain threatened but mainly held off.

We headed off to the end of the pier where Emmanuel managed to negotiate a great price for unlimited rides at the funfair. Must mention the assistant manager of Rides and Sideshow, Rodney Peterson, at Brighton Marine Palace Pier, Madeira Drive BN2 1TW, tel 01273 609361 who kindly gave us such a good deal.

Time passed in a blur as the children shouted and whirled around on the rides until it was time to head home, tired but happy.

Everyone filled out a questionnaire about the trip and all said how much they enjoyed it. They also came up with great suggestions for

next year. Here’s hoping!

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