Sun shines on Stedham Thai festival

THE sun shone for the annual Thai festival when it returned to its Stedham home at the Hamilton Arms.

For the past three years the event has been held at the Grange Centre in Midhurst after torrential rain washed out visitors in 2007 and because there were parking problems in Stedham.

But the 19th Eastern Cultural Fete returned to the village with sunshine and new temporary parking arrangements in place – and attracting 1,500 people.

Mudita Karnasuta, proprietor of the Hamilton Arms, is the organiser of the Thai festival held in aid of her trust which aims to help prevent child prostitution in Thailand.

“We decided to return to Stedham in the hope the weather would be kind to us and it was lovely all day,” she said.

“We always held it at Stedham in the past when we were allowed to use the polo field in the village for parking, but then it was sold and we have been unable to contact the new owner to make a new arrangement.

“However this year we were kindly given permission by the sports club to use the sports field and everyone was very pleased to be back at the Hamilton Arms.”