Christmas lights are switched on

Hastings Town Crier, Jon Bartholomew, with Escort to the Town Crier, Victoria Mackrell.
Hastings Town Crier, Jon Bartholomew, with Escort to the Town Crier, Victoria Mackrell.

THERE is no doubt that the festive season is in full swing, with the switch-on of Christmas tree lights in St Leonards and Ore.

On Friday December 2, the tree in Warrior Gardens, St Leonards, was lit up amid carol singing and roasting chestnuts for visitors and residents.

The event was organised by the Friends of Warrior Square together with the Central St Leonards Business Association, and featured special guest town crier John Bartholomew.

Many of the shops in the area stayed open late, giving people the chance to pick up Christmas gifts.

The festivities in Ore Village began on Saturday (December 3), with the switching on of the Christmas tree lights at Theatre Corner.

Hastings Academy head boy and girl, John Piper and Natasha Dockerill, led the ceremonies, accompanied by seasonal live music from the Four Altos, a local four-piece saxophone band.

The tree itself features solar powered lights.

The morning continued with the Ore in Bloom Christmas wreath workshop run by Fairlight Hall head gardener Tony Howard, in Christ Church Village Hall.

Chairman of Ore in Bloom Sarah Kowitz said: “Ore in Bloom is delighted to see a Christmas tree, generously donated by Little Down Farm in Westfield, in Ore Village.

“It is the first Christmas tree in Ore for many years.”