Organisers and sponsors meet to launch fest

Amber Rudd with sponsors and organisers. Picture by Chris Johnson Photography
Amber Rudd with sponsors and organisers. Picture by Chris Johnson Photography

ORGANISERS and sponsors of this year’s Hastings Beer and Music Festival (HBMF) met on Friday (May 16) to officially launch the event.

Hastings MP Amber Rudd attended the ceremony at the White Rock Hotel where there was a champagne reception.

Tony Lee, director of Hastings Windows and 2014 HBMF chairman, said: “Assisted by more than 300 additional volunteers annually, the entire committee work tirelessly throughout the year to piece this event together not only for the local community to enjoy, but to put 100 per cent of the proceeds back via charitable donations through Hastings Round Table.

“This would not be possible without the very kind and generous financial support provided by local businesses, through sponsorship.”

Ms Rudd said: “We are so lucky in Hastings to have generous supporters and motivated individuals to pull together the fantastic Hastings Beer and Music Festival, a great opportunity to have fun and support good causes. Thank you to all the volunteers and businesses who make it happen. It’s a highlight of the Hastings calendar, and I’m already looking forward to it.”

Laurence Bell, White Rock Hotel owner, said: “We were delighted to be asked to host a reception for the festival’s sponsors as it shows just how much they are valued by the organisers, as without them the festival couldn’t take place.

“One of our passions is the renovation of the Hastings Pier and through networking with another sponsors, Pete Mason of Hastings Brewery, we are really excited to announce that we are planning to put together a new festival beer, where a percentage of the proceeds will go to the People’s Pier.”

Dynamic Scaffolding are the festival’s main sponsors. Ross Garnett, from the firm, said: “Both being Hastings born and bred, Matt Upton and myself and all of the team at Dynamic Scaffolding are proud to be involved with this amazing event for the third successive year. We are especially excited to get the chance to help local charities.”