Fans on standby for Rizzle Kicks tickets

Cllr Peter Chowney and Mayor Alan Roberts with the applications
Cllr Peter Chowney and Mayor Alan Roberts with the applications

HUNDREDS of residents across Hastings and St Leonards are set to find out whether they have been successful in their bid to watch hip hop sensations Rizzle Kicks at the Olympic Torch celebration.

The council received 1,600 applications for the performance scheduled to take place on The Stade on the evening of Tuesday, July 17.

The allocations will be chosen at random but only residents living in the Hastings Borough Council area will be given tickets.

Council staff will start to send out tickets by mail on Monday, June 25.

There will be capacity for around 3,000 tickets for the evening’s entertainment at The Stade which will include a 15-minute performance by the Rizzle Kicks.

Council spokesman Kevin Boorman said: “Only people with addresses in our borough will get tickets.

“We have had an incredible response and everyone who applied will be written to, whether successful or not.”

A giant screen at Pelham car park will show the concert to those without tickets.

It will be the culmination of a day’s excitement on July 17 when the Olympic torch will be carried along the seafront from Bexhill Road to The Stade.

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets to catch a glimpse of the flame and the date of St Leonards Festival has been moved to coincide with its arrival in Hastings. There will also be 13 pop up shows across Hastings.

Motorists are warned the A259 along the torch route will be shut from early afternoon but extra buses and trains will be running, and there will be two park and ride schemes in operation at Harrow playing fields and Glyne Gap.

Hundreds of schoolchildren are expected to be at London Road on the following day, Wednesday, July 18, to wave off the torch as it leaves Hastings.