Start of Hastings Week marked by raising of Gonfalon

Opening of Hastings Week. Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY
Opening of Hastings Week. Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY
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THE week-long Hastings Week festivities were launched on Saturday with an opening ceremony and procession.

Scores of people and visitors gathered to watch the event in Queens Square by the town hall.

Opening of Hastings Week. TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY

Opening of Hastings Week. TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY

The Gonfalon, the flag of William the Conquerer, was unfurled by one of the Hastings Sea Cadets.

The town’s Mayor, Councillor Kim Forward, together with Hastings MP, Amber Rudd, officially declared Hastings Week open, as well as town crier Jon Bartholomew.

This year’s series of events mark the 945th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

Other people represented at the ceremony were members of Hastings and St Leonards Veterans’ Association, Sea Cadets, Brownies and Scout groups, as well as Miss Hastings and Carnival Queen, April Grant.

Chairman of Hastings Week Nigel Hogben addresses the parade. Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY

Chairman of Hastings Week Nigel Hogben addresses the parade. Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY

Nigel Hogben, the new chairman of the Hastings Week committee, gave a brief outline of the list of activities and events on offer before members of the Robertson Pipes and Drums led a procession towards the Stade Open Space where vintage cars were gathered for the weekend-long classic car show.

Ion Castro, spokesman for Hastings Week, said: “Despite the cold weather there was a good turnout of people. After the ceremony we were giving rides to the classic car show on Happy Harold, Hastings’ own trolleybus.

“It has been a lovely atmosphere so far for Hastings Week and if it carries on like this it will be brilliant.”