Fat Tuesday fundraising hits £2,500 mark

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THE town’s five day Fat Tuesday festival raised more than £2,500 for charity.

Hastings’s second mardi gras celebrations were even bigger and better than last year and thousands of people turned out to support the events.

And they obviously enjoyed themselves, as they dug deep to raise a grand total of £2,577.33 for St Michael’s Hospice, much to the delight of fundraising manager Julie Brett.

She said: “The amount raised was beyond all my expectations. We are really grateful to Adam Daly and Bob Tipler who organised the event, all the pubs who took part and most importantly all the people who so kindly donated so much money.”

Mr Daly was also delighted with the haul, and told the Observer: “It just shows what a fantastic town this is. The 2011 Fat Tuesday festival was a great success, we have had positive feedback from all the guests attending the various events as well as the traders, publicans and police.

“We feel that creating a festival based around live music plays to one of Hastings’s greatest strengths and as this festival grows we are confident that we will be attracting visitors from across the region and further.”