Chesney Hawkes to open town ice rink

Chesney Hawkes
Chesney Hawkes

THE one and only Chesney Hawkes is coming to Hastings next month.

The 90s legend is sure to attract a huge fan base as he arrives on Thursday, December 6 to officially open this year’s ice rink in Priory Meadow and a traditionally themed Christmas market.

Chesney’s visit comes as part of a series of festive events in Hastings town centre, organised by Roger Crouch, John Hough, Priory Meadow Shopping Centre manager and town centre manager Rob Woods.

Mr Crouch, the man behind Pirate Day, has known Chesney and his family for more than 30 years and thought it fitting to invite the pop icon to 1066 Country.

He said: “This is great for Hastings, as we are trying to create a truly magical Christmas. The Christmas market will be launched at 6pm by Chesney, as will the ice rink, and the market will run until December 22. It is open to 8pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

“This is the first year we will see a traditionally themed and lit Christmas market with wooden huts, and all of it has been done by local businesses.

Chesney’s career began at 19, when he appeared as the title character in the film Buddy’s Song. In March 1991, he released his biggest single The One and Only from the film’s soundtrack, on which his younger brother, Jody, was the drummer.

Written By Nik Kershaw, the song was later featured in the opening credits of Doc Hollywood (1991), starring Michael J Fox, in the 2009 movie Moon, as the song Sam Rockwell wakes up to every morning, and again in the 2011 film Source Code as the mobile phone ringtone of Michelle Monaghan’s character.

The single spent five weeks at number one. He has released eight singles including I’m a Man Not a Boy and Another Fine Mess.

Next Thursday (November 29) sees Father Christmas arriving in Priory Meadow in style through the air with his reindeer. People should look at the sky from 4pm for his anticipated arrival.

From 6pm on Thursday a procession, featuring 1066 Pipes and Drums and the cast of Dick Whittington and his Cat from Hastings Stage Studio, wind its way down South Terrace, Queens Road and into Priory Meadow.

Mr Hough said: “This will be a wonderful Christmas and the idea is to create a wonderful atmosphere in a good news town.”