Thousands spend a day at the park

Enjoying the pony rides
Enjoying the pony rides

THOUSANDS descended on Alexandra Park on Saturday to enjoy a day of music, attractions, side shows and fun activities.

The second summer Day @ The Park event saw more than 4,000 residents and visitors attend. Some of the highlights of the fete included pony rides, fairground attractions, face painting, and local bands, such as Sand Rabbit, the Rufus Stone Band and Benbo.

Children’s entertainer Bob Butler was also at the event all day, amusing the younger visitors with storytelling and games.

Organiser Michelle Taylor, who also runs community arts project i-Candy Arts, said: “The event was really good, as we were very busy. We had around 4,000 people come, which was around the same number as last summer.

“Our cake baking competition also proved popular and went really well.”

Journalist and writer Kathryn Flett was the special guest at Saturday’s event.

Happy Harold, Hastings’ open-top former trolleybus ferried families between Hastings town centre and Alexandra Park.

The historic vehicle, which dates back to 1928, is looked after by the Hastings Trolleybus Restoration Group and chairman Ion Castro, who was duty driver for the day, said: “I’d like to thank the crew for turning out, we’re all volunteers and it’s a team effort to operate this fine old vehicle that has spent all of its life in Hastings and we like to show it off whenever we can, it’s something that no other town has and we’re tremendously proud of it.”

Happy Harold will be taking part in Heritage Open Days tomorrow (Saturday) giving rides along the seafront from the Fishmarket and linking some of the other participating heritage sites.

More about Happy Harold is available at www.1066.net/trolley.