Hastings set for a vintage week ending in fireworks

Revelers at last year's Hastings Bonfire
Revelers at last year's Hastings Bonfire

Hastings Week kicks off this weekend with a huge variety of exciting events starting tomorrow (Saturday).

There are lots of events on every day and something for everyone and highlights include the Vintage Car and Commercial Vehicle Show, gala concert and Hastings Bonfire and fireworks display.

Throughout the week there will be a succession of interesting walks put on by Malcolm Campbell including ghost, horror and hidden Hastings walks.

The opening ceremony takes place at the Town Hall at 9.45am tomorrow.

At lunchtime there is the first opportunity to take part in the ‘Fish in a bun’ restaurant challenge. Pier Nine at Zanzibar Hotel in the Old Town and St Clement’s in St Leonards will present their own spin on Tush and Pat Hamilton’s famous creation.

Tomorrow and Sunday (October 12) the Classic Car Show takes place at The Stade from 10am to 3pm, including classic cars and motorbikes up to 1988 and a street cruise each day from 1.30pm.

There is a fantastic £10.66 meal deal offer for two available all week from participating restaurants and eateries. Just show the advert in the programme when you place your order.

Monday provides the opportunity to see behind the scenes at the White Rock Theatre while enjoying afternoon tea and on Tuesday there is an all-day machine knitting display at Priory Knits.

The chance to practice art with expert David Embry at Hastings Unitarian Church is on offer from 10am and on Thursday there are two quality events.

Join Tina Brown, the creator of the Hastings Old Town Ghost Walk, on Thursday (October 16) at St Mary in the Castle from 7pm as she talks about the research and special moments involved in 21 years of tours.

Or people could head to the White Rock Theatre as historian Andre Palfrey-Martin presents a talk about Sydney Little, Hastings’ borough engineer from the 1930s who was responsible for the physical re-shaping of Hastings’ seafront.

Friday (October 17) sees the Gala Concert for Hastings’ twin town in Sierra Leone featuring the Sussex Brass supported by Vincent Salzfas and his group singing songs with an African flavour.

All profits will go towards supporting the health centre project in the twin town.

On Saturday Hastings’ spectacular torch-lit procession and bonfire starts at 7pm with the beacon lit on East Hill.

The procession begins at White Rock at 7.15pm, moving through the town centre, seafront, Old Town and back to the beach before bonfire and fireworks from 9pm.

The final day on Sunday, October 19, features the popular Sprat and Winkle Run featuring around 70 commercial vehicles.

Starting at Sevenoaks in Kent it finishes at The Stade, Hastings and brings Hastings Week celebrations to a close.

For full details check the Hastings Week programme or visit www.1066.net/hastings-week.