New Year enjoyed in African style

African New Year celebrations
African New Year celebrations

ST LEONARDS saw a mixture of live music and exotic food as more than 100 people took part in the African New Year celebrations on Sunday.

Deputy mayor Alan Roberts and other visitors enjoyed home-cooked African food and performances by members of Believe and Pestalozzi at the event in Concordia Hall.

Live music was also provided by DJ Cristocentric, an African band from Ashford.

Tim Miller, chairman of Hastings and District Interfaith Forum, said: “Many thanks to the deputy mayor and councillors who came.

“The snow, ice and freezing temperatures were melted away by that amazing African cuisine and the warmth of friendship and music that filled the venue.

“There was lively dance music and the young performers all received a small New Year’s gift.

“Our intrepid volunteers braved the weather to organise the event and were rewarded by the 120 friendly folk who shared a great taste of African culture.”