Hundreds sign petition to back the bid

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IN a wave of positivity hundreds have been signing an online petition in support of the City of Culture bid, launched by Hastings-based artist Rachel Lever.

The petition calls for Hastings (along with Bexhill) to be shortlisted by the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport for UK City of Culture 2017, and at the time of going to print there were more than 200 signatures.

The target is 1066 signatures.

Rachel said: “This City of Culture bid is the perfect way to showcase and celebrate the artistic buzz of Hastings.

“I started the petition as it seemed a good way to let people be part of the bid as individuals, and also

to highlight the way the whole town is engaged and active.

“Far from “diluting” standards, in Hastings it seems that the more you have, the better it is.

“Culture is something Hastings people do for ourselves, all the time, all over the place: it’s our everyday happening. “The signatories say it’s “amazing”, “vibrant and diverse”, “thrilling”, “extraordinary”, “a fantastic place steeped in history with the most amazing range of cultural activity”.

People from all walks of life have signed the petition and left comments so far, from Hastings, Bexhill and further afield.

Journalist and author Nadene Ghouri commented: “Hastings has changed dramatically in recent years. Art and culture are the core and heart of the town and this deserves to be recognised. Hastings also knows how to throw a great party and hold creative events.”

Councillor Peter Chowney, lead member for regeneration at Hastings Borough Council, wrote: “With a huge variety of cultural activity stretching throughout the year, and involving such a diverse range of people and audiences, we are the best-placed ‘city region’ to provide a quirky, fascinating experience for all those who visit!”

Another supporter Beatrice Rapley commented: “The people of Hastings deserve to have a future as significant as their past. Children from Hastings and Bexhill should grow up in a positive environment where creativity and culture are celebrated and enjoyed.”

Musician Bob Tipler stating the reason for his support, left the simple message: “Because Hastings rocks.”

Find the petition at www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/department-for-culture-media-and-sport-shortlist-hastings-for-2017-city-of-culture.