Crawley Festival was launched in a blaze of sunshine, music and dance.
Queens Square was packed today (Saturday June 21) for the launch of the week-long festival.
Among the attractions was music from The Coasters, of Ifield-based Outreach 3 Way, as well as a cheerleading display and loads of dancing.
And the town’s children were able to chase after the friendliest Dalek ever to trundle the Earth.
The Crawley Lions’ fair collected money for local charities while the group’s mascot, Lionel the Lion, relaxed in the urban beach.
The Festival was officially launched by mayor Brenda Smith.
She said: “The most important thing is that this brings together our fabulous town.
“We are a wonderfully multi-cultural town and many of the activities planned over this week will see our various communities come together.”
This year’s charity is the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.
Cllr Smith added: “It’s a wonderful thing that we can carry on doing this in Crawley and the charity is one I hope you will all dig deep in your pockets and support.
“It’s something we may all need at some time and hope we will never ever need to use.”