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IT is about time that Rye let it’s hair down and started to enjoy the summer.

Rye has its festival in September, bonfire celebrations in November and Taste of Rye in October but other than the Raft Race there has been a drought of summer events.

That is set to change on Saturday when the Red Arrows fly into town to round of a day of festivities.

Then in a few weeks time Rye College brings its colourful carnival magic to the streets of Rye.

There is also lots happening in the villages with a summer festival at Brede, on Saturday, and a continuing wildlife festival at Rye Harbour.

The feel-good factor should be high - let’s hope the weather remembers it is summer.

PUBS are often the hub of a community and with so many closing or under threat it is good to see the Smugglers at Pett Level re-opening after a period of being closed.

And just up the road in Pett itself the much loved Royal Oak should be opening some time soon after being saved by villagers who formed a consortium to buy it.

This model works well and has proved to be a great success in Salehurst, where local people got together to save The Halt, and more recently at the Cross Inn at Staplecross.