New man at the helm of local radio station

Andy Gunton (left) with Tony Bell who is taking over as chairman of Hastings Rock
Andy Gunton (left) with Tony Bell who is taking over as chairman of Hastings Rock

A NEW man will be at the helm of community radio station Hastings Rock when it returns to the airwaves for the 21st anniversary broadcast.

The plan is for Hastings Rock, which plays tracks from local artists alongside those of mega-stars, to return in May next year.

Andy Gunton, chairman for the last eight years, has decided to step down, and he will be replaced by long-standing DJ and committee member Tony Bell.

Andy said: “I had been on the Hastings Rock committee for 10 years and chairman for eight and I felt it was time to move on. This is mainly due to the time taken up with personal projects such as Pierless Music and now my involvement with the upcoming Hastings Fat Tuesday charity.

“I’m very proud of what Hastings Rock has achieved during my time as chairman and I know that I’m leaving the radio station in a good place and in safe hands too.”

Incoming chairman Tony said: “It is a great honour to have been asked to step up to the chair of what has, I believe, become somewhat of an institution in Hastings.

“I have been involved with the station for nearly 10 years now, so to be asked to succeed Andy is something which I look forward to with a great deal of pleasure.

“My aims are very simple, to continue to bring great rock music to Hastings.

“I would like to thank Andy for his phenomenal contribution to the station. His calm and steady approach has steered us through some interesting challenges over the years.”

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