You missed out if you weren’t there

On Saturday and Sunday I walked along the prom in glorious sunshine to the Seafood and Wine Festival.

On the Sunday, meaning to pop in for an hour or so, I stayed for four hours. It was that good. The new layout made it easier to move around, the staff on the gate and on the ground were friendly and efficient and the atmosphere was great. Of course, the food, wine, beers and ciders were excellent.

I have now been introduced to the joy that is Cobra beer!

All of which makes the letter from Joan Bones the more inexplicable.

I hope she changed her mind and went after all. If not, she missed a great experience.

Far from being ‘crammed into the small space alongside the art gallery’ – it was ten years ago – it was spacious.

The marquee on the beach, run by the Filo, was welcoming with some great music, great beers and delicious cider.

I also listened to some really excellent music on Winkle Island.

The food was varied and delicious; the drink likewise; atmosphere great. And all this for only £2. These events are not cheap to put on.

Immense amounts of hard work go into providing us with two days of top quality events, music, food and drink.

The sprats from Webbes, the Biddenden cider, Mama Putt’s jerk chicken, sushi; the list is endless.

Hastings Borough Council should be congratulated for putting it on every year and doing it so well. I think Ms Bones would have enjoyed it and hope she goes next year to experience what she’s been missing. It is well worth it.

Cllr Peter Pragnell



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