THOUSANDS of Islanders braved the rain on Saturday for the first Bonne Nuit Harbour Festival.
There was music, food and beach entertainment as well as a pirate-themed treasure hunt and sandcastle competition for the younger festival-goers.
One of the highlights of the day was Bonne Nuit’s version of a bushtucker trial from I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. Well known faces from St John, including the Constable, Graeme Butcher, and the Rector, the Rev Andy Thewlis, were forced to eat a seafood meal ‘with a difference’ that included scallops with custard, Thai-flavoured crickets and chocolate-covered giant ants.
Rugby star turned ice dancer Kyran Bracken compèred the Miss Bonne Nuit Competition that saw 23-year-old Clarissa Howell beat three other girls for the title. Former St John Constable Carl Hinault won the knobbly knees competition.
Mr Thewlis, who was one of the organisers, said: ‘It was a bit disappointing with the rain but we hung on through the constant drizzle.
In the evening it was quieter in terms of numbers but in terms of entertainment value with the bands it was great.
‘It was fantastic to see people come down despite the rain and enjoy themselves. I am thrilled with how it went and looking forward to next year’s festival.’
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