Hastings Week climax is not to be missed

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WITH the Hastings Week festivities coming to an end on Sunday, there are still plenty of events and activities to enjoy.

The 59th National Town Criers Championships takes place in Queens Square, Priory Meadow, from 11am tomorrow (Saturday).

Town criers from around the country take part in this event and are judged on volume, diction, clarity and inflection.

A special Speaker’s Day event is being held in the Old Town tomorrow (Saturday).

The Speaker presides over meetings of the Cinque Ports, the historic ports of Kent and East Sussex which were the forerunner to the English navy.

The speakership rotates among the seven head ports and the office is held by the mayor of the relevant port for 12 months, starting on May 21 each year.

This year’s Speaker is the Mayor, Cllr Kim Forward. The event will take place in the Fishermen’s Museum, formerly the Fishermen’s Church, in Rock-a-Nore Road.

There will be a procession of the Mayors, Macebearers, and the Lord Warden, Lord Boyce, from Stade Hall at 1.30pm, along Rock-a-Nore Road, returning from the Fishermen’s Museum just after 2pm to Winkle Island.

The Spratt and Winkle Run on The Stade Open Space is on Sunday from 10am to 3pm.

Vintage vehicles travel from Sevenoaks to Hastings at 7.30am under their own power before arriving in 1066 Country.

The event is hosted by The Historic Commerical Vehicle Society’s London and south east branch.

Other highlights include guided walks around The Stade and a Twilight Smugglers Walk which starts at the Shipwreck Museum in Rock-a-Nore, from 7pm tomorrow.

The event recounts the true stories of smuggling in Hastings in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Those interested in spooky goings-on should join the Hastings Old Town Ghost Walk tonight (Friday) at 7pm, led by local author and tour guide Tina Brown.

The walk starts at the chessboard area in George Street.

The latest up-to-date information on Hastings Week is available on the website www.1066.net/hastings-week.