2018 Lymington Italia Festival supporting local MS Society branch
Free event on 1st July 2018 will include Ferrari convoy, Italian market and live music
Lymington’s FREE Italia Festival will be held on July 1st this year with all charitable proceeds going to the Lymington and New Forest branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The Lymington and Pennington Town Council event is set to be bigger than ever in 2018, thanks to a huge wave of local support. For those who don’t know, it’s all about chic Italian motor cars, quality Italian food, a fun family day out and raising money for charity.
The day begins at 10am when 50 classic Ferrari owners from the Wessex Ferrari Owners’ Club will meet with their beloved vehicles at Lymington’s Yacht Haven. Ferraris joining the celebration this year include: 1973 Dino, F430 Spider, Ferrari FF, 550 Marinello, 458 Speciale, 430 Scudiera, 360 Modena, 458 Italia, Mondial, F40, F12 and California.
At around midday the iconic sports cars will depart in convoy to Pennington Cross, then travel up Stanford Hill, along Southampton Road, down Avenue Road and along Gosport Street, before entering the High Street.
Once on Lymington High Street, the cars will be parked in the centre of town, which will be pedestrianised so people can admire them.
Visitors will also be able to enjoy an authentic taste of Italy thanks to an Italian food market, which will offer an array of Mediterranean taste sensations including pastries, olives, vinegars, antipasti, pesto, breads, cheeses, desserts, salami, Aperol spritz, coffee, meringues and ice cream.
There will be face painting, a Ferrari models stand, along with pizzas, traditional Italian street food, pasta, a hog roast, fish & chips and a barbecue. In addition a host of local traders will be selling Italian clothes, handbags and artisan gifts.
Lymington Rock Choir will be performing at 2.00pm, singing a medley of songs.
A fundraising raffle, with a wide range of prizes including a ride in a Ferrari and/or Aston Martin, will be match-funded up to £1,000 by Barclays. Raffle tickets can be bought on the day from the council stall, which will be located outside the EE shop in the High Street. The raffle will be drawn at 3pm.
Mayor of Lymington and Pennington, Anne Corbridge, said: “Every year this event exceeds all our expectations, and we’re looking forward to another enjoyable day out this time around. It’s great fun for the whole family, and I’d like to thank in advance our sponsors, the choir, the stall holders and the local businesses who have kindly donated some very desirable raffle prizes.”
Sue Niekirk for the Lymington and New Forest branch of the MS Society said: “We’re honoured to have been chosen by the Mayor as her Italia Festival charity for 2018. The branch doesn’t receive any funding from the national MS Society, but relies on its own fundraising together with donations from generous groups and individuals.”
Lymington and New Forest MS Society has helped hundreds of local people living with the effects of MS. It provides advice, gives practical and emotional support, and organises exercise classes and social groups.