Town’s buoyed by successful week

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A PACKED programme of events throughout the town together with a run of good weather, marked out this year’s Hastings Week as a success.

Running from October 8 to 16, with Hastings Day on October 14 - the 945th anniversary of the battle - many old favourites made a welcome return including the classic car show, various hobbies and crafts, and the torch lit procession.

Happy Harold the Hastings trolleybus was also on hand to take visitors around the town, including the Cinque Ports Mayors.

Ion Castro, Hastings Week spokesman, said: “The weather helped of course, because having these events in October is a risk. Participation was well up, and there was a happy and buoyant atmosphere. The Carnival Queen and Miss Hastings, April Grant, deserves a special mention. She was a real credit to the town.”

He added: “The closing ceremony this year was absolutely magnificent. It is the first time we have had an audience actually applaud.”

Kevin Boorman, head of tourism for Hastings Borough Council, said: “Hastings Week has been just superb, filling the town at a time when other seaside resorts have closed for the winter. It has really showcased the very best that Hastings has to offer, with tremendous support from the community, and from our partners, ensuring the town is clean, safe and welcoming.”