New look carnival committee

Carnival Association SUS-151116-142754001
Carnival Association SUS-151116-142754001

Hastings Old Town Carnival Association had one of the best turn-outs ever when it held its AGM on Sunday despite the inclement weather.

The Association met at the East Hastings Sea Angling Association headquarters and announced that Carnival 2016 is Saturday August 6 with the ever popular Pram Race on Wednesday August 3.

One important aspect of Sunday’s meeting was committee forming, after a number of carnival stalwarts, including Robert Morgan, stood down earlier this year.

New officers were appointed with Tom Leitch (pictured, front, seated) taking on the role of chairman.

He said: “I am proud to be 2016 chairperson. I know Robert Morgan will be a hard person to follow but I am sure we have a good committee and I am sure we will all make Robert proud and keep going the great work he has done for many years.”

Bill Wicking continues in his role of Life President and Richard Stevens is Vice President.

Keith Leech, the man responsible for starting Jack in the Green and bonfire in Hastings, was appointed as Vice Chairman.

The Treasurer is John Pond and the Secretary is Fran Craig. Other members of the committee are: Ion Castro, Sue Castro, Bruce Dowling, Sid Saunders, Jean Gillam, Sarah Murray, Heather Leech, Nick Lynas, Maureen Fuller, Reg Wood, Chloe Stretton, Eddie Tate and Tina Burgess.

Carnival spokesman Ion Castro said “With a new committee new ideas have already been floated and planning for next year’s Carnival starts with our first meeting in January and we are preparing for the best carnival yet.”

Hastings Old Town Carnival Week, traditionally held during the first week of August, is one of the busiest weeks of the year in the town with a host of events taking place including the Crown lane Bike Race and a Seaboot Race and Whelk Eating Contest in Courthouse Street.

There are also many walks, talks, open houses and gardens and a wide variety of other events taking place

Hastings Old Town Carnival Week supports local charities and organisations, and relies on donations from the public and local businesses to keep going.

More details, information and pictures from last year’s Carnival are on the official website

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