Young achievers earn rewards

The Mayor with some young people from Pestalozzi International
The Mayor with some young people from Pestalozzi International

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Sussex Coast College to see 40 awards given out to young people from across Hastings and St Leonards.

The Hastings Youth Awards, which is organised by the Hastings Youth Council, recognises the achievements of the town’s youngsters and attracted more than 300 people – including the leader of the council, Jeremy Birch, and the mayor, Alan Roberts.

Councillor Kim Forward gave an introductory talk and Tim Minchin, of the town’s Interfaith Forum, helped Cllr Roberts hand out the prizes.

The event was hosted by youth councillors Vijay Jackson and Jhelissa Bardrick, with the former telling the Observer: “The afternoon was a pleasant reminder of the fantastic achievements of Hastings and St Leonards young people, whether that was the prodigious talent on display or the inspiring work done every single day in schools, youth groups and community organisations, such as Respond Academy, The Eggtooth Project or Pestalozzi International Village.

“Many of the performances were spellbinding, like the dancers from the Hastings Chinese Association or the astonishing Acromax Gymnastics Club, which went on to give a thrilling encore.

“Local band Common Outcome played brilliantly in the intermission, while Watertight were equally captivating during the closing performance. After the event, a selection of global cuisine was served; such as dishes from China, Italy, India, and Africa.

“Thanks to the hard work of Hastings Youth Council and the staff of Sussex Coast College, the night ran smoothly and was enjoyed by all.”

Hastings Youth Council was launched in 1994 and is the oldest in the country.