BARRY Jones has just been nominated for the Special Recognition category of our Community Awards and celebrated with the news that the world famous Bognor Birdman could return next year.
Barry, 80, of Victoria Drive has selflessly run the hugely-popular event since 1983.
This year’s Birdman had to be cancelled because of a cut in funding and a lack of participants, but Barry is confident it is ready for takeoff next year.
“We’ve had a coffee company approach us and they want to sponsor the event,” Barry explained.
“At the moment we’re not sure how much money they are willing to put in, and we will again be given a reduced grant from Bognor Town Council, but I’m very hopeful we can get it back up and running again.
“It brings people from all over the world to Bognor, we’ve had people enter from New Zealand, China, America and all over.”
Barry had to fight to bring the event back to Bognor when it was moved to Worthing for two years.
Along with his wife, they also own the Jeneses Arts and Community Centre in Linden Road, which as well as being home to a number of clubs also provides a food bank for the homeless.
The Special Recognition is just one of 14 categories, full details on the page opposite.