Old Town Carnival 2014 crown still up for grabs

MP Amber Rudd with last year's finalists. SUS-140304-101826001
MP Amber Rudd with last year's finalists. SUS-140304-101826001

THE crown for the Old Town Carnival Queen 2014 is still up for grabs with the selection process taking place in just one week.

A colourful event which includes floats, marching bands and a firework display, the Old Town Carnival takes place on the last day of Old Town Week in August, a week long series of festivities.

Residents started the carnival in 1968 because the existing Hastings Carnival failed to include the Old Town as part of its route. But over time the new event grew to become bigger and more popular than the original carnival.

After the Hastings Carnival fizzled out, Old Town organsiers were allowed to title the Old Town Carnival Queen, Miss Hastings as well.

Carnival spokesman Ion Castro said: “We are looking for local young people to represent us and the carnival for the next year as our Carnival Court and as our Miss Hastings and her attendants. The qualities that we are looking for are enthusiasm and support for Hastings, We are looking for someone who enjoys meeting people and talking-up our town.”

To enter you must live in Hastings or St Leonards and be at least 14-years-old.

The selection, which is open to the public, will take place at the East Hastings Sea Angling Club on Sunday Evening, April 13.

To enter or for more information go to the carnival’s website: www.1066.net/carnival