Local mayor among 12,000 signed up for Goodbye UK: Brexit beach party

Wijk aan Zee beach, North Sea
The beach at Wijk aan Zee, in Beverwijk, Noord-Holland. June 5, 2016Photo: Julia700702 / DepositPhotos

A fun idea to say goodbye to the United Kingdom when they leave the European Union on October 31st with a beach party in Wijk aan Zee, now also has the support of the mayor of Beverwijk, the municipality that covers the coastal town, initiator Ron Toekook said. Over 12 thousand people have indicated that they will attend this sendoff, the Telegraaf reports.

"I spoke with the mayor [Tuesday]. The municipality wants to give every cooperation to bring about the party", Toekook said, according to the newspaper.

Due to the massive interest, the structure of the event has had to change somewhat. "For security reasons, we want to keep track of how many people are coming to the event. That is why we have decided to sell tickets", he said. Tickets can be bought on this site. Ticket prices have yet to be determined. "That also depends on the security plan and how much interest there is for it."

Waving goodbye to Great Britain on the beach is part of the event, but the activities will mainly take place in the village. "It will be a real European party, with bands, food trucks and other activities. Attention is also paid to ecology, by drawing attention to the vulnerability of the dune area."

Toekook launched his idea for a Great Britain sendoff a few weeks ago with a Facebook event. "It must be a nice farewell to a good friend who is embarking on an exciting but perhaps not too clever adventure", he described the event.