A touch of the macabre at Halloween night party

Photograph by John Fox

Photograph by John Fox

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A TOUCH of the macabre will be on display in the town centre on Halloween night with this year’s Voodoo Fest.

The event on Wednesday (October 31) has been designed by the team behind Hastings Fat Tuesday, as a closing event for the town’s festival season.

Venturing into the town centre visitors may catch sight of a macabre procession made up of vampires, monsters, zombies and the like all following a coffin held aloft by pall bearers made up of a Jack-in-the-Green Bogie, Hastings Bonfire Boys, a pirate and a Mardi Gras Jester all lead by a New Orleans style jazz band.

Organiser Bob Tipler said: “Our Fat Tuesday Festival opens the season in February so we thought it would be appropriate that we had an event to celebrate all of the great events that have taken place during the year.”

The night starts around 7.30pm with a ‘funeral’ gathering at the Electric Stag bar in the town centre with the Hastings Second Line Jazz band formed for last year’s Fat Tuesday Festival before a procession makes its way down Robertson Street around 9pm to The Printworks building where London Gypsy Punk band The Great Malarkey is supported by Doctor savage and The Hot Sauce and DJ Jake B.

Tickets are £10 for the Printworks show, available from Substance in Robertson Street.

For more information visit www.hastingsfattuesday.co.uk or on the Facebook Hastings Voodoo Fest page.