Sea shanties set to ring around Stade Open Space

A SERIES of evening performances start on the Stade Open Space from the weekend.

Opening the season early are Fisherman’s Friends, a 10-man group of singers who have found international recognition through their a cappella rendering of sea shanties and other songs with a nautical flavour.

Hailing from Port Isaac in Cornwall, the group all have strong links to the sea through their working lives as fishermen, coastguards and lifeboatmen.

They will be performing from 7.30pm on Saturday (March 17).

Saturday evening performances then run on the Stade Open Space from May until October.

The Stade Open Space is part of a new cultural hub comprising the outdoor performance area and the Jerwood Gallery that sits alongside the more traditional shore-based Hastings fishing fleet and the Fishermen’s Museum. Cllr Peter Chowney, lead member for regeneration at Hastings Borough Council, said: “This is a perfect way to launch Stade Saturdays. It is entirely fitting that the first performance of many Stade Saturdays will be by Fisherman’s Friends, a group who will no doubt feel at home among Hastings’ iconic net shops, the fishing boats pulled up on the beach and with the waves breaking nearby.

“Stade Saturdays are produced by Hastings Borough Council with funding from Arts Council England, and, of course, March 17 marks the public opening of the Jerwood Gallery, adjacent to the Stade Open Space.

“I am especially pleased that the gallery will remain open later that evening, until Fisherman’s Friends starts, to allow local residents and visitors to enjoy the art on display there, and then the sea shanties.”