Hastings Week saw colourful opening ceremony in the Town Centre

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071226001
Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071226001

Hastings Week got off to a good start with a colourful opening ceremony in Queen’s Square on Saturday.

A parade of standards, carried by former service personnel, cadets and youth groups made its way from the Town Hall.

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow.''Town crier, Jon Bartholomew. SUS-180810-071519001

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow.''Town crier, Jon Bartholomew. SUS-180810-071519001

Hastings Mayor Nigel Sinden announced the opening of Hastings Week, followed by the Chair of Hastings Week Nigel Hogben making a speech.

The Hastings Week flag was raised and the national anthem sung.

Entertainment for the opening ceremony was provided by the Tornado Twirl-Stars and the Hastings Carnival Court also put in an appearance.

This weekend sees Hastings Week coming to an exciting close when the Hastings Bonfire celebrations take place on Saturday evening.

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071308001

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071308001

The seafront and Old Town will be transformed into a sea of fire as hundreds of Bonfire Society members take part in a torchlit procession before a huge bonfire is lit on the beach at Pelham Place and a spectacular firework display lights up the sky.

Earlier in the day is the National Town Criers competition, which takes place at Priory Meadow at 11am.

Saturday also see a display of classic and vintage motorcycles on the Stade Open Space from 10am - 2.30pm. Also taking place is the Tenth Sprat and Winkle Run, which sees more than 70 vintage commercial vehicles arriving in town. There is a Jazz Breakfast on Saturday 13 at St Mary in the Castle at 11am with Mike Hatchard.

For full details of the bonfire celebrations and times visit www.hbbs.info.

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071346001

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071346001

See also: Hastings Week - what you can see this week

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071240001

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071240001

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071426001

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071426001

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071158001

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071158001

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071359001

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071359001

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071212001

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071212001

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow.''Town crier, Jon Bartholomew, and the mayor of Hastings, Nigel Sinden. SUS-180810-071453001

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow.''Town crier, Jon Bartholomew, and the mayor of Hastings, Nigel Sinden. SUS-180810-071453001

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow.''Hastings Week chairman, Negel Hogben. SUS-180810-071532001

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow.''Hastings Week chairman, Negel Hogben. SUS-180810-071532001