People’s procession makes big impression

Photo by Frank Copper

Photo by Frank Copper

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Hundreds took part in a people’s parade through Hastings on Saturday afternoon as part of the Battle of Hastings anniversary celebrations.

The colourful Le Grande Promenade procession set off from the Stade at 4pm and was led by representatives of the Hastings Celebrates 950 Committee followed by dignitaries from all over the world and numerous town Criers.

Hastings Week: La Grande Promenade. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-161016-135158001

Hastings Week: La Grande Promenade. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-161016-135158001

The purpose of the procession was to involve the local community in the celebrations and people were invited to dress as Normans and Saxons and join in the fun.

Also taking part in the procession were drumming groups, bonfire society members and local Morris dance side Mad Jacks.

Youngsters paraded Guys in the procession that they had created at a workshop earlier in the day.

Nick Lynas, from the committee, said: “The Hastings Community turned out in their thousands and it was pleasing that the high spirit was not dampened when the rain fell.”

Hastings Week: La Grande Promenade. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-161016-135353001

Hastings Week: La Grande Promenade. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-161016-135353001

The procession received no funding and was a joint effort between the Bonfire Society, Jack in the Green, the Old Town Carnival, Hastings Borough Council and other local businesses and organisations.

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