The Royal Military Canal in Hythe last night played host to the Hythe Venetian Fete. This unique bi-annual event held on the third Wednesday in August since 1869 and this year celebrating its 125 year anniversary, attracts thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the party atmosphere and watch as many as 35 decorated floats parade up and down the canal whilst being entertained by brass and ukulele bands.
A flotilla of dignitaries, which included Folkstone and Hythe MP Damian Collins, closely followed by the Right Worshipful Town Mayor of Hythe Cllr Michael Lyons and Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports Lord Boyce who sailed majestically to the reception stage. After a short speech by the Mayor and Fete Chairman John Schoner JP thanking it’s sponsors, the procession began.
The weather stayed fine and after the daylight parade spectators were treated to a fantastic firework display sponsored by The Roger De Hann Charitable Trust and Universal Fireworks.
Rain later could not dampen the party spirit, with the night parade being just as amazing, as the floats, now illuminated, dazzled revellers.