How we’re supporting key events
We recognise the importance of key events for our town, communities and businesses. We’re fortunate enough to have many free large-scale community events in Hastings, but they all need support and funding to ensure their success and continuation.
In recent months we have supported Pirate Day, Hastings Pride and Hastings Bonfire.
We paid for entertainment in the town centre, helping to make this event a town-wide event, and not an old-town event. This year saw stuntmen, a stage with performers and live music and stalls in Wellington Place.
A relatively new event on the Hastings calendar, but one that is growing in size and popularity year on year. This year we paid for the town centre bunting, which was kindly installed by East Sussex Highways. We also supported the event with essential costs such as road closures and insurance, as well as lent the use of our gazebos and deckchairs.
Hastings Bonfire – Saturday 19th October
It’s the next big event in the Hastings calendar, and what a spectacular event it is! Following on from an incident last year, the insurance premium doubled for the procession part of Hastings Bonfire. Unfortunately this was off the back of an incident that was unrelated to the organisation of the event, and with Hastings Bonfire being run by volunteers and funded through fundraising events, it was an unexpected cost that put the event at risk. We have made a contribution to help ensure the event continues, as we recognise the importance of this out-of-season event. We have also charged pitch fees to Girls Gone Greek, Southside Wrappers and the BBQ project to be in town during the event, with the fees being sent directly to the event.