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13 July 2018

‘Fruit whacking’ on Worthing beach



The prestigious
Bayside Apartments being developed on Worthing seafront in West Sussex will offer
many apartments glorious views of the South Downs and the rolling waves of the sea,
and all benefit from the luxurious spa, sauna, steam room and swimming pool. The
Bayside Apartments are only a short stroll away from the bustle of Worthing
town centre; a town that has plenty of entertainment, wonderful restaurants,
bars and cafes, and an interesting historical background that sees the town
hosting a rather quirky annual event known as ‘Fruit Whacking’.



Worthing’s historical motto is ‘From the land of plenty and from the sea of health’ which proved quite
true in 1901 when The Indiana Steam Ship collided with a German tank steamer The
Washington a mile out from Worthing’s pier
[1].
This caused a huge hole in the side of the Indiana where the cargo escaped the
ship, leading to tens of thousands of oranges and lemons being washed up on Worthing’s
beach. The towns’ people couldn’t believe their good fortune as free fruit was
washed ashore which led to the majority of the town taking the week off work –
even children were allowed to stay off school, as everybody headed to the beach
to collect the washed-up fruit which was a real luxury in those days!
Worthing’s motto rang true with healthy fruit from the sea being plentiful on
the land. 



January 2008
once again saw Worthing’s beach the home of a ships escaped cargo as The Ice
Prince sank off the Dorset coast after hitting a freak storm. The crew were all
rescued but tonnes of large planks of timber washed ashore. The beachcombers
had small pickings this time around, as the timber was soon removed by
contractors whom the shipping company had employed to collect and sell the
wood, leaving the beach back to its former glory
[2].



100 years on
from The Indiana sinking and gracing our shores with fruit, the annual orange
and lemon flinging competition known as ‘fruit whacking’ was born which
involves locals throwing citrus fruit as far as they can along Worthing’s
seafront. In 2009, to commemorate the timber washed onto the beach after the
Ice Prince sank, it was decided that the two events would be combined to create
the “Flingathon”. The Mayor of Worthing hits the first orange into the sea with
a wooden cricket bat to represent the timber washed ashore, this is then
followed by scores of people throwing numbered oranges and lemons as far as
possible across the beach. The furthest throw wins a chocolate orange.



Whether you
like sunset strolls along the promenade or flinging oranges into the sea,
discovering more of the history or soaking up the culture and enjoying the
entertainment supplied by Worthing’s museum’s, cinemas or theatres, Bayside
Apartments are the perfect choice for combining luxurious living within this
eminent South coast town.



 






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