PHOTOGRAPHY: PEOPLE AND EVENTS
Hastings celebrates a bewildering array of festivals: The Jack in the Green, Old Town Carnival week, the Seafood and Wine festival and of course the Bonfire procession which confusingly is held in October to coincide with the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. All are an opportunity to dress ups and generally act a bit silly!
HASTINGS BONFIRE NIGHT
Held on the nearest Saturday to the 14th October (the anniverary of the Battle of Hastings, Hastings Bonfire night is the finale of Hastings Week. It is the first of a series of bonfire nights that are held in almost every small town and village in East Sussex over the weekends surrounding the 5th November. Each town has its own bonfire society which joins in each procession and it is not unknown for the more competitive of these to spark sometimes over exuberant rivalries! About the Area
JACK IN THE GREEN
The Jack-in-the-Green festival in Hastings is based on a tradition which started in the 1830s, died out at the start of the 20th century, but was revived in 1979 by a group called Mad Jack's Morris Dancers. It is now an annual event which takes place during the bank holiday weekend at the start of May. On the Saturday and Sunday there are bands and Morris dancers in the pubs and streets and the May Queen is crowned, while the main event (shown below) is on the Monday (a public holiday in the UK).
HASTINGS OLD TOWN WEEK PRAM RACE
Certainly one of the silliest and most colourful of the events held during old town week. Teams with bizarrely themed “prams” race round every pub in the old town and back to the start at The Cutter Whilst the winning pram may take under an hour most either take most of the night or never get back at all!