SUMMER OF LOVE: Send us your video clips for our mini-movie of the Longest Day!

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THE sun may not always have been shining but the feel-good factor is still in abundance as the Observer continues its Summer of Love campaign – and is urging YOU to get involved.

People from across the area show their support to local events this weekend including the I Love My Village festival in Eastergate, and the first weekend of the Festival of Chichester.

And with more summer events coming up this month keep an eye out online and in-paper for our coverage of all your fantastic events.

Despite having to dodge the odd shower, residents from across the Bognor Regis, Chichester and Midhurst and Petworth areas enjoyed the local amenities and facilities in the Observer – while others flocked to the shops to support the local businesses.

And to keep this momentum going the Observer is launching a The Longest Day to tie in with our Summer of Love campaign, supported by the Observer’s owners Johnston Press throughout June, and urging readers to go out there and send us pictures and videos of what they are doing on Friday, June 21, the longest day of the year.

It could be something as simple as sitting in your garden, it could be enjoying a lunch at a local businesses, it could be fun after-school (or in-school) activities, it could be a coffee morning at your work!

Whatever you are up to – we want to know about it and we will be sharing them with your fellow readers.

By the end of the longest day we will creating a special ‘Life in a Day’ video using what YOU send us.

Editor Colin Channon said: “The Observer team will also be joining The Longest Day and sharing with you their videos of what they are up to on June 21.

“But you don’t have to wait until June 21 to get involved – send us your pictures and videos now of what you love about the Observer area to help spread to feel-good factor.

“There is so much to celebrate about living in West Sussex – so let’s show the world what life is really like and why it is such a wonderful place to live in, work in and visit.”

Email your videos and pictures to


Don’t forget there are other ways to get involved and join in with the Summer of Love.

The Observer is continuing its search for our community heroes so why not nominate someone for a Community Award? Email your suggestions to

If you run a local shop or visitor attraction and want to advertise to our unique local audience not only through our newspaper but our many digital platforms too - we want to hear from you. Email or telephone 01243 730980.

We want our readers to support the diverse range of independent shops and this includes supporting the Independents Day initiative in Chichester on July 4.

One major summer event the Observer has been hugely involved with is the launch of the very first Festival of Chichester taking place from June 14 to July 13. See our special 8-page guide in this week’s Observer.

If you are organising a charitable or community event then tell us about it. Email or call 01243 531313.