VIDEO: Thousands flock to Piazza Italia in Horsham

Thousands of people have flocked to Horsham town centre for Piazza Italia today (Friday March 29).

The three day event kicked off at 12.15pm with a precession of Ducati motorbike followed by nearly 100 Ferraris.

JPCT 06-04-12 Piazza Italia, Horsham. HDC Chmn Claire Vickers raises flag to start the Ferrari procession S12150189a -photo by Steve Cobb

JPCT 06-04-12 Piazza Italia, Horsham. HDC Chmn Claire Vickers raises flag to start the Ferrari procession S12150189a -photo by Steve Cobb

One Ferrari owner, Nigel Hammond, 59, said: “Every this event just gets better and better. We’ve had the most Ferraris ever.”

Nigel, from Brighton, is showcasing his 1988 328 GTS which he bought for £30,000.

“It’s amazing how interested people are, the crowds are absolutely great.”

Helena Croft, Horsham district councillor on hand to provide information throughout the day, said: “It’s great to see so many people out enjoying themselves, and there’s even some beautiful sunshine.

“Year on year the event has grown and I think now it’s the biggest event in the south east.

“It’s a fantastic partnership, a huge congratulations to the whole town centre team for all they’ve done to make it happen.”

The timetable (subject to change depending on the weather) is as follows:

Good Friday: 10am - 4pm. A rally of around 100 Ferraris and more than 150 Ducati-led Italian bikes will take to the town at 12.15pm with a final send off at 3.30pm. Easter services hosted by Horsham Churches Together will take place at the bandstand from 11am to 12pm. Find out more about Horsham’s Roman history at Horsham Museum from 11am until 4pm.

Easter Saturday: 9am - 5pm. The Vines Italian Job MINI Run with up to 100 Minis will arrive at 12pm and leave at around 3pm. Granny Turismo will take place for the first time at 11am until 4pm. Sul Fiato, the international vocal duo, will be singing from 12.30pm until 3.30pm.

Easter Monday: Supercars, Alfas, Fiats and Scooters to arrive in town at 12am and leave at around 3pm. Romeo and Juliet will be in town hosting theatre and music from 11am until 4pm. Wine tasting will take place at La Source in East Street from 11am until 4pm.