Fantasy Island becomes a reality

Hastings Winkle Club's Fantasy Island event. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-160919-112924001
Hastings Winkle Club's Fantasy Island event. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-160919-112924001

Hastings Winkle Club transformed Winkle Island into Fantasy Island during the recent Seafood and Wine Festival.

The ‘Island’ boasted waving palm trees, deck chairs, live music and a variety of colourful stalls.

Hastings Winkle Club's Fantasy Island event. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-160919-112949001

Hastings Winkle Club's Fantasy Island event. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-160919-112949001

This year for the first time could bring their children for a special sea-themed photograph ‘Sea Babies’’ photographic booth run by Maureen and David Fuller with Sid Saunders behind the camera.

Vice Chairman of Hastings Winkle Club, Richard Stevens said: “We have been running our ‘Fantasy Island’ event for several years now and it always helps with our core objective of raising money for local good causes.

“Although the weather could have been kinder to us, we still made a useful sum for Winkle Club charitable purposes and were pleased to welcome the ‘Sea-Babies Stall’ for the first time which proved to be very popular.

“We hope they will become a regular feature in future years.”

Fantasy Island was also visited by the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd and the Mayor of Hastings, Cllr. Judy Rogers,

The Winkle Club is an internationally famous charitable organisation formed in 1900 by Hastings fishermen to help the under-privileged families of Hastings Old Town.

Apart from some specially selected local residents, Winkle Club members have included a few very illustrious personalities such as Lord Montgomery, Sir Winston Churchill, the Duke of Windsor and many others.

It has raised thousands of pounds for charity and good causes over the years.

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