Fun in the sun at family festival

HIGH spirits and high temperatures contributed to the success of St Leonards Festival and Big Day Out.

The free event on Saturday (July 13) was jam-packed with family entertainment.

St Leonards Festival.

St Leonards Festival.

The festival was opened by Dende Nation drummers, and an eclectic mix of live music and a variety of dance acts took to the main stage throughout the day, along with a children’s play area, art on the seafront railings near Marine Court, a man-made sandy beach and a hugely popular street market in Kings Road.

Food from all over the world was available from the Eat Global village.

Councillor Peter Chowney, lead member for regeneration at Hastings Borough Council, said: “This has been a brilliant weekend. The fantastic weather meant that all these great events were really well-attended and proves that Hastings and St Leonards has so much to offer residents and visitors alike. And, this weekend was not a ‘one off’. There are many more events to come during the summer offering superb entertainment for all.”

Hastings MP Amber Rudd said: “It was a fantastic day to be down at the St Leonards Festival, only two years ago we had a complete wash out, but this year was just perfect.

“The local residents were out in their hundreds and making the most of the various activities and displays on show. I was particularly impressed with the Kings Road Market and the variety of stalls on show, it gave a real carnival atmosphere to the day.”

Pictures by Frank Copper