The event is being delivered by Chichester District Council, with support from the Chichester Business Improvement District (BID), to offer a summer celebration for residents, workers and visitors alike, and to urge people to support their local High Street.

We want to encourage as many people as possible to come and enjoy this fantastic event, which will take place between 4pm and 8pm.

"With this event, we are looking to encourage as many people as possible to visit and enjoy their city centre," says Councillor Norma Graves, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, Communications, Licensing and Events. "Party goers can enjoy delicious street food; a carousel and face painting for the children; entertainment from Spirit FM; and late night shopping.

"It is incredibly important that we support our local High Streets, and Chichester has something for everyone.

"We are very grateful to our event sponsor, the Co-op, which is opening a store in East Street in October of this year. Its support has helped us achieve a fantastic event for all the family."

Gareth Marlow, Co-op store manager, says, "We're thrilled to support this event and are looking forward to becoming part of this community when we launch our new Chichester, East Street store later this year. Our ambition is to ensure the store is a local hub, a real asset for the community.

"We also want shoppers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op. Our members make a difference locally, and simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us they are raising much needed funding for organisations in their area who contribute to improving local life."

Visitors to the Summer Street Party will be able to browse the shops, many of which are opening late especially for the occasion, and enjoy in-store activities. They can relax on deckchairs or enjoy street food from a host of vendors, who will be offering a range of cuisines from around the world. There will also be plenty of activities for children to enjoy.

People can find out more about the event by calling 01243 534730 or emailing asykes@chichester.gov.uk.

Date of release: 12 August 2019

Reference: 3915