Sidmouth Caribbean Night is back!

PUBLISHED: 13:29 14 May 2010 | UPDATED: 13:57 18 June 2010

P9870-13-10AW Ben Waring, raising funds to hopefully revive Caribbean Night. Pic by Alex Walton

P9870-13-10AW Ben Waring, raising funds to hopefully revive Caribbean Night. Pic by Alex Walton

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CARIBBEAN Night will return to Sidmouth in August after licensing bosses gave its revival the go-ahead.

CARIBBEAN Night will return to Sidmouth in August after licensing bosses gave its revival the go-ahead.

The colourful summer reggae spectacular featuring thousands of revellers will return after a five year absence, thanks to a Sidmouth man who wants to provide the town with a top-notch community event.

Ben Waring said yesterday Caribbean Night Revival 2010 will take place on Saturday, August 14, in the grounds of The Knowle.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) confirmed the event will be granted a license.

Nearly 5,000 people can now look forward to enjoying live music from 4.30pm to 11pm.

Performers are yet to be confirmed, but Ben revealed top acts including Aswad and Hurricane Force have been approached, as has Heart FM DJ Kevin Kane to front the fun.

Security and fire protection expert Ben said: "Caribbean Night was something I loved and really enjoyed when I was a youngster.

"I wanted to do something for the community. I'm really pleased, it's taken a lot of work to get here.

"We want it to happen every year, grow it on a good reputation, and for it to be an on-going success."

Ben has vowed to pay for extra police resources to ensure the event has no adverse affects on coverage of surrounding areas.

He also wants to support Sidmouth Carnival with any proceeds from the fun.

The event will break tradition by taking place eight days after Sidmouth FolkWeek festivities end.

Ben wants an environmentally friendly night, with bio-degradable drinking glasses.

He said under 16's can only attend if accompanied by an adult.

"The key is to make sure the flagship of this is tight event management and safety," he said.

"At the heart of it we want a local event for the people of Sidmouth, and for it to boost community spirit."

Ben said the Knowle grounds will be cleared by midnight on August 14. He expects tickets to go on sale in the coming weeks.

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