Afternoon of delights in St Leonards Gardens

A youngster learns to paint at the family fun day
A youngster learns to paint at the family fun day

FAMILIES flocked to St Leonards to enjoy an afternoon of exotic food, live music and entertainment last week.

More than 400 people filled St Leonards Gardens for the annual Garden Full of Family Delights event.

Afternoon teas of different national flavours including British, Indian and Armenian were available.

Youngsters also took part in a talent contest and art competition.

Saturday’s festivities were organised by Hastings and District Interfaith Forum in conjunction with Hastings Intercultural Organisation and the Friends of St Leonards Gardens.

Janet Derwent, vice secretary for Hastings and District Interfaith Forum, said: “It was a great event and the weather was amazing. We had people coming and going throughout the afternoon, more than 400 in total.

“A magician proved to be a big hit with the young children and parents, as he made all of these wonderful balloon models, such as a guitar and a giant spider.

“We also had lots of stall holders this year such as the Carers’ Association and Hastings Against War.”

Other community groups at the event included cyclists’ group Hastings Urban Bikes and U3A (University of the Third Age).

Mrs Derwent said: “The food on offer proved to be popular. There were huge queues for Indian food and visitors also tried Armenian sweet meats and sweet cabbage.”

Young people from the forum’s BELIEVE project laid on a fashion show, which featured a dress made entirely out of plastic bags and one made from Doritos crisps.

A raffle was also held in aid of Operation Rise, a project set up by the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link, to help amputees in Hastings’s African namesake.

Live music was performed by local musicians including Ian Edwards and Hayley-J and Sylvana.