Reclaim the Beach in the rain!
Report by urban75 editor, 26th July 2003
After the immense success of the Summer Solstice late night party the previous month, the organisers were concerned that the event was getting too busy for its own good.
After all, as soon as something free and autonomous becomes popular, the authorities inevitably try and close it down.
This time around, the argument was rendered academic by the monsoon-like conditions, ensuring that only the most die-hard revellers would turn up - but turn up they did!
Over a hundred hardy folks decided that trudging around a rain-sodden beach by the Thames was the best way to spend a Saturday afternoon - and naturally, there was a large urban75 contingent there to join in with the fun!
Reclaim the Beach partygoers shelter under the Festival Pier, as the rain buckets down relentlessly. This archetypal British behaviour was seen to baffle many a passing tourist!
Situated at the back of the Festival Pier was the sound system, powered by a small generator.
It takes more than a day of endless drizzle to stop these guys having fun! Here you can see partygoers huddled under the pier, happily drinking and dancing the afternoon away.
Young girl building a sand castle, Reclaim the Beach.
Some kids weren't bothered by the rain, and happily set about building their sand castles - even if the rain meant that they kept getting washed away!
And some kids were bigger than others.....!
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