Carnival hands out £4,000 cash


MORE than £4,000 was handed over to charities and community groups by organisers of Hastings Old Town Carnival on Sunday.

The money was raised following last year’s festivities.

The local RNLI won a trophy shield for collecting the most cash, which was more than £1,000.

Charities and groups which received donations were Hastings Coastguards, St John Ambulance, Red Cross Fire and Rescue, H&STL Life Guards, the Royal British Legion, Gizmo Theatre Group, Hastings Coastal Twirlers, Dragonflies take Flight, 2nd Hastings Brownies, 2nd Hastings Rainbows, Senlac 1066 Highsteppers, Youth University, Hastings Shopmobility, Sara Lee Trust, Huntingtons Association, Hastings Trolley Bus, and Hastings West Hill Boxing Club.

Other groups which also benefited included the Salvation Army Triple 20’s Club, Ore Kidszone (Salvation Army), Association of Carers, Surviving Christmas, AYME, the Penny Beale Memorial Fund, Xtrax, Inseminate, FOCUS on Mental Health, Two Towers Trust, Autism Sussex, St Michael’s Hospice, Hasting and Rother Voluntary Association for the Blind, Hospital Radio, Mencap, Hotshots, Hastings Gateway Club, Seaview Project, Parchment Trust, Samaritans, Crest Playgroup, Rock-a-Nore Football Club, Bohemia Counselling Group, Safe Space and Torfield School.

Carnival organisers are now looking for entries for this year’s Hastings Old Town Carnival Queen and forms can be filled in online at

The selection evening will be Sunday, April 10, at the East Hastings Angling Club in Rock-a-Nore.

There will be a Carnival Awareness Day in Priory Meadow next Saturday (March 19) where girls can enter the Carnival Queen competition and people can sign up to be a marshal for the procession on Old Town Carnival Day, which is on Saturday, August 6.

Information is available at

Ion Castro, the carnival’s spokesman, said: “Each year we try harder to be better than the year before, to include more people in the festivities and to put on a better show.

“With the good weather that usually favours Hastings and encouragement from the local population there’s no reason why 2011 shouldn’t be the best yet.”