Old Town Carnival Week kicks off with week of fun

A whole host of fun events and activities starts this weekend with the annual Hastings Old Town Carnival Week.

Tomorrow (Saturday) from 10.30am the tug-o-war contest will kick off outside the RNLI lifeboat station in Rock-a-Nore. The two-day beach concert also starts tomorrow at 1pm with all donations going to the RNLI. It will run until 8pm tomorrow and until 7pm on Sunday (July 27).

Sunday sees the official crowning of the Carnival Queen at 2.30pm on Winkle Island, followed by a coronation procession around the Old Town.

The annual Seaboot Race takes place on Monday (July 28) in Courthouse Street from 6pm. On Tuesday (July 29) the Crown Lane Bike ride kicks off at 5.30pm and runs until dusk.

The increasingly popular Old Town Pram Race is on Wednesday (July 30) at 7pm starting at The Cutter. Participants must have submitted an entry form by 6pm on Tuesday and registered by 6pm on Wednesday if they want to enter.

Thursday (July 31) sees the High Street Traders’ Street Party from 7pm to 11pm and the start of a very full week of events including walks, talks and exhibitions fills up the week which culminates with the Hastings Old Town Carnival Procession leaving Rock-a-Nore on Saturday, August 2.

Hastings Old Town’s very own radio station is returning for a third year to broadcast during Carnival Week from tomorrow to Sunday, August 3.

Carnival FM is run by volunteers and broadcasts 24 hours a day from temporary studios upstairs in the Jenny Lind.

The programmes will highlight all the events during the week and will be broadcasting live updates from many of them.

One of the most popular programmes is the Local Music Show presented by Andy Gunton which highlights some of the great musical talent in Hastings. It is on Monday to Friday 6pm to 8pm. Carnival FM can be found on 87.9FM or you can listen via the website www.carnivalfm.co.uk.

Ion Castro, Hastings Old Town Carnival spokesman, said: “Our dedicated band of volunteers have put in nearly a year of hard work planning the carnival and it should be one of the best yet, we’ve got a super Carnival Court - Old Town Carnival Queen Leylah Dobinson who also has the title Miss Hastings, and Carnival Princesses Chloe Stretton and Hannah Burgess - all of them still at school and are demonstrating the very best of Hastings’ young people.” Full details of events are in the carnival programme obtainable from all the usual outlets and at www.1066.net/carnival.