THE town is gearing up for the annual Old Town Carnival Week festivities, which kick off tomorrow (Saturday).
From the seaboot race to the pram race, from exhibitions and talks to the highlight being the carnival procession on Saturday, August 10, this year’s events are sure to attract crowds of spectators.
The main events are listed below:
Saturday, August 3, 1pm to 9pm and Sunday, August 4, 1pm to 7pm
RNLI Free Beach Concert, which is in its 25th year. It will be held on The Stade next to the Lifeboat House, with a collection on behalf of the RNLI.
The beach concert is a free event and there is a bar on site. For the evening the High Street Traders have organised the annual Old Town Criers’ Competition on the stage at Reeves Corner in the High Street. People can come and watch or have a go themselves and try to beat the reigning champion. There is a free bottle of wine for every entrant and the winner heads the carnival procession.
Sunday, August 4, from 3pm – Carnival Queen Coronation Procession around Hastings Old Town, which will head from Winkle Island along the seafront to the roundabout, back up High Street and down All Saints Street to the Stade Open Space.
The procession to be headed by Mayor Alan Roberts, Hastings MP Amber Rudd and other local dignitaries, who will be accompanied by the Iceni Belly Dancers, Hastings Coastal Twirlers and supported by several bands and drummers.
Monday, August 5, from 6pm
Seaboot Race Courthouse Street
Held in memory of Peter Trickett, an Old Towner who died in 2002. Runners wearing seaboots run along the length of Courthouse Street, round a lobster pot, and back in the fastest time possible. Timed certificates are presented to all entrants. The winner is presented with Peter Trickett’s walking stick, to be held for one year.
The Old Town Treasure Trail. Register at Winkle Island by 6.30pm and finish at the Lord Nelson. Fancy dress is a must. Teams race round the Old Town with collecting boxes to find answers to questions, which are all in pubs.
Tuesday, August 6, 5.30pm to dusk
Bike Race - for the Jimmy Read Memorial Trophy Crown Lane
All welcome, just turn up and pay a donation to the starter. The Bike Race has no organisers. The timekeepers, flagman and all other helpers turn up year after year to make the event happen.
Wednesday, August 7, 7pm for 7.30pm to 8pm start
People can register at The Cutter pub, on the seafront opposite the boating lake, by 6pm on Tuesday, August 6. Lots of money is raised for local charities by the teams who enter in this pub crawl. Each team has their own theme and they decorate their pram and teams accordingly. Due to the ever increasing size of this event, all teams must now be entered by 6pm on Tuesday at The Cutter Pub. To be considered for judging, teams must arrive by 7pm, with the start time of the race to be between 7.30pm and 8pm. This is a strictly over 18s event. For more information ring 01424 272099. Entry forms can be downloaded from www.1066.net/carnival.
Thursday, August 8, 7pm to 11pm
High Street Traders Street Party
Free entertainment includes live bands, children’s rides, bouncy castle, food court, ethnic food, traditional British barbecue and a gigantic street market. TTA Street Dance Group is performing in Roebuck Street, led by Tom Roche. To book a stall at the Street Market call Harris Woodcock on 07808 093753.
Saturday, August 10, from 5pm
Hastings Old Town Grand Carnival Procession
The parade assembly is in Rock-a Nore Road from 4.30pm.
There is still time to enter the Grand Carnival Procession. Carnival entry forms are available from Cobblers to the Old Town, High Street, Penbuckles, in High Street, Hastings Information Centre and Hastings History House or can be downloaded from www.1066.net/carnival.
Entry forms must be returned by Friday, August 9 by post to Nadine Salmon, 8 Oakfield Road, Hastings TN35 5AX, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or delivered by hand to Cobblers to the Old Town.
Full details of Hastings Old Town Carnival Week are on www.1066.net/carnival and in the printed programme available free from Hastings Information Centre and the usual pubs and shops in the Old Town.