Hastings Week saw colourful opening ceremony in the Town Centre

Hastings Week got off to a good start with a colourful opening ceremony in Queen's Square on Saturday.

Wednesday, 10th October 2018, 2:30 pm
Updated Wednesday, 10th October 2018, 3:34 pm
Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071226001
Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071226001

A parade of standards, carried by former service personnel, cadets and youth groups made its way from the Town Hall.

Hastings Mayor Nigel Sinden announced the opening of Hastings Week, followed by the Chair of Hastings Week Nigel Hogben making a speech.

The Hastings Week flag was raised and the national anthem sung.

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. Town crier, Jon Bartholomew. SUS-180810-071519001

Entertainment for the opening ceremony was provided by the Tornado Twirl-Stars and the Hastings Carnival Court also put in an appearance.

This weekend sees Hastings Week coming to an exciting close when the Hastings Bonfire celebrations take place on Saturday evening.

The seafront and Old Town will be transformed into a sea of fire as hundreds of Bonfire Society members take part in a torchlit procession before a huge bonfire is lit on the beach at Pelham Place and a spectacular firework display lights up the sky.

Earlier in the day is the National Town Criers competition, which takes place at Priory Meadow at 11am.

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071308001

Saturday also see a display of classic and vintage motorcycles on the Stade Open Space from 10am - 2.30pm. Also taking place is the Tenth Sprat and Winkle Run, which sees more than 70 vintage commercial vehicles arriving in town. There is a Jazz Breakfast on Saturday 13 at St Mary in the Castle at 11am with Mike Hatchard.

For full details of the bonfire celebrations and times visit www.hbbs.info.

Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071346001
Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071240001
Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071426001
Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071158001
Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071359001
Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071212001
Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. Town crier, Jon Bartholomew, and the mayor of Hastings, Nigel Sinden. SUS-180810-071453001
Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. Hastings Week chairman, Negel Hogben. SUS-180810-071532001
Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071440001
Hastings Week Opening Ceremony, Queen's Square, Priory Meadow. SUS-180810-071412001