Hastings Week got off to a sunny start last weekend and people have been enjoying a wide variety of events and activities throughout the week.
This week (October 14) is the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and William the Conqueror’s banner - the Gonfalon - was raised during the opening ceremony outside the Town Hall on Saturday.
There was a parade through Priory meadow and speeches from the Mayor and Chair of the Hastings Week Committee followed by a performance from the Guides and Brownies.
Saturday and Sunday saw an amazing display of classic cars and motorcycles lining up on the Stade Open Space, which attracted hundreds of admirers over the weekend.
Children dressed up to take part in a Toddle Waddle from the Pier to the Old Town on Saturday and were joined by favourite characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Elmo the Elephant, which added to the family fun.
Saturday also saw a colourful parade of children’s Guys at Priory Meadow, with judging by the Mayor.
Hastings History House, in Courthouse Street, held an exhibition of a copy of the Bayeux Tapestry and matters 1066, a diorama of the battlefield and Hastings connections with Waterloo, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.
Malcolm Campbell led a number of guided walks exploring the history of the Old Town and St Leonards.
There are more events taking place this weekend with a two day Craft fayre on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18, being held at Sacred Heart School, Old London Road, Hastings,.Admission is free and there will be Stalls ranging from knitting/needlework/produce to plants/flower arranging/jewellery, painting, felting and much more.
Hastings hosts the 63rd National Town Criers Championships at 11am at Priory Meadow, hosted by local Town Crier, Jon Bartholomew.
Town Criers around the country take part in this spectacular event - judged on volume, diction, clarity and inflection.
The highlight of the week is Saturday’s bonfire celebrations. There will be a chance to see vintage commercial vehicles on the Stade on Sunday.
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