Final touches at music and beer festival

AN ARMY of volunteers is gearing up for one of the biggest charity events of the year aiming to raise around £45,000 for local good causes.

Final preparations for next month’s Hastings Beer and Music Festival are underway as organisers prepare to welcome headliners Keane and a host of supporting bands.

The event will run on over three days, Thursday, July 5, Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7.

There will be a Battle of Hastings Proms night on Thursday, July 5, Keane play live on Friday evening and local bands are playing on Saturday evening.

Organised and run by the Hastings Round Table, the Festival’s main goal is to raise money to give to local good causes.

During the past 12 months more than 25 local good causes have benefited from £45,000 worth of donations all raised through the festival.

The beneficiaries have included Hastings RNLI, Hastings Life Guards, Association of Carers, Hastings and Rother Mediation Service, Sara Lee Trust, Hastings and St Leonards Sea Cadets and the Hastings Athletics Club.

The popularity of this year’s event was demonstrated by the huge demand for tickets to see local band Keane. Online tickets sold like hot cakes and almost brought the system into meltdown, such was the huge demand for tickets.

Adam Streather, community officer for the Hastings Round Table, said: “The beer festival is our main annual event and raises tens of thousands of pounds for local good causes. It is an absolute privilege to be able to see how our volunteers hard work is benefiting our local community in Hastings and St Leonards.

“It’s the people of these towns that make this all possible. They attend the event, enjoy the bands and buy the beer meaning we can continue to give this money to charity.”

Tickets for this year’s event are available at www.hastingsproms.co.uk and www.hbmf.co.uk respectively or at the Hastings Information Centre.