Hastings Week was a feast for the senses with Town Criers in full cry, classic cars on display and a host of other events taking place during the ten day celebration.
The Week opened, on Saturday October 10, with former servicemen and women and members of youth organisations taking part in a parade through the town centre and opening speeches from Hastings Mayor Cllr Bruce Dowling.
Hastings Week marked the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and William the Conqueror’s Gonfalon banner flew from the Town Hall,
The opening Saturday and Sunday saw an amazing display of classic cars and motorcycles lining up on the Stade Open Space, which attracted hundreds of admirers over the weekend.
Children dressed up to take part in a Toddle Waddle from the Pier to the Old Town and were joined by favourite characters such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.
The Old Town Carnival Queen’s Court were also taking part in events during the week.
Hastings History House, in Courthouse Street, held an exhibition of a copy of the Bayeux Tapestry and matters 1066, a diorama of the battlefield and Hastings connections with Waterloo, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.
The highlight of the closing weekend was Saturday’s spectacular bonfire celebrations and the Sprat and Winkle Run for vintage commercial vehicles on Sunday 18.
This is the 7th year that the run, from Sevenoaks to Hastings, has taken place and people were able to admire the vehicles when they lined up on the Stade.
Other highlights included a big two day Craft Fayre on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18, where talented local people were able to showcase their skills.
Hastings hosted the 63rd National Town Criers Championships during the day on Saturday 17 with Town Criers from around the country being judged on volume, diction, clarity and inflection.
The winner was the Dorchester Town Crier Alistair Chisholm.
The closing ceremony took place at the Stade on Sunday afternoon with standards being presented and speeches from the Mayor.
Pictures by Frank Copper. Town Criers competition picture by Sid Saunders.
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