RAIN failed to dampen the enthusiasm of tens of thousands of people who flocked to Hastings’ fishing quarter for the town’s sixth Seafood and Wine Festival at the weekend.
The event was opened by Mayor Kim Forward, and council leader Jeremy Birch.
Stalls offering a wide selection of food and drink attracted both residents and visitors alike.
Cllr Birch said: “This was the first major event to be held on the new Stade Open Space in the Old Town, and it was great to see the space so full.
“Despite the forecast rain, the event was extremely popular, with up to an estimated 40,000 people visiting the site.
“The huge numbers who turned up despite the poor forecast and the rain show that this has become a truly established event.
It showcases the very best of local seafood and wine, with some fantastic local entertainment too. I was very pleased to see so many people enjoying themselves over the weekend.
“I’d like to thank everyone who attended despite the rain, the stall holders who continue to support the event, and colleagues at the council who work so hard to make it the success it has become.”