Fun children’s event in memory of Norman Race

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A CHILDREN’S event is being held today (Friday) in memory of one of the Old Town’s most popular characters, who died last year.

The event at Butler’s Gap starts from 11am and runs until 1pm and is a pirate-themed fun day for youngsters.

It is in memory of George Street resident Norman Race, who was found dead in Hampshire last year.

Mr Race, 62, was heavily involved in Old Town events such as the beach concert, pram race and Pirate Day.

He was also a big supporter of Charity for Kids. In June last year he took part in the Three Peaks Challenge over three days with his niece, Tina Gibbins, to help raise money for the charity.

Mr Race was reported missing by his family on September 4 last year, a month after he was last spotted speaking to a friend on Bexhill seafront, when he said he was camping up north’.

His body was discovered in woods near Winchester in Hampshire four months later on January 17 this year.

Around 150 people, including family and friends, joined in a procession through George Street on the day of Mr Race’s funeral on April 19.

A total of 21 flares were lit in his honour and members of groups Mr Race was involved in, such as Hastings Borough Bonfire Society, took part in the procession in the Old Town.

A wake was later held with shanty singers and friends reflecting on memories of Mr Race.

Today’s event, organised by High Street Traders, is in aid of Charity for Kids.

There will be live music, face painting, hair braiding and Captain Jack Sparrow. Fancy dress is optional and entry is £1.