Unfortunately, due to reasons I can only imagine – rising costs, austerity, people working harder for their buck – the amount of people putting time and effort into Hastings Carnival seems to diminish year on year. Or, maybe, there are so many dress up events in the town’s social calendar (bonfire night, Mayday, pirates day….) that this event, that predates all of them, is no longer ‘trendy’.
Thankfully, there are still those that value it and here are some of them:
Posts are pretty random at the moment as we have had a disjointed house move that saw us sell one without having secured another and therefore spending a couple of months in temporary accommodation. However, we have now completed the purchase on a new home and are expecting Open Reach to come and install our phone line and therefore our internet at the end of the week – we will have only had to wait nearly 4 weeks. Ggrrrrrrr!!!!!
Anyway, just because I have only been posting randomly from various open Wifi spots across town, it doesn’t mean that I haven’t been out and about, taking photos.
This first set were taken at daybreak up at Lady’s Parlour near Hastings castle on the West Hill where some of the dancers, the bogeys and some members of the public gather to watch the sun come up and have a jolly good dance about.
Then, from 10am, starting at the Fishermans’ Museum, the procession passes, loudly and joyously, through the narrow roads of the old town and back up the hill towards the castle where Morris Dancers from all around the world perform in some sort of Folk dance off before the Jack is slayed around 3pm.
To culminate Hastings’ Old Town week, following the pram race, the tug of war, the wellie-boot race and a multitude of other community activities, the town, as most towns do, puts on an annual carnival which is far more child friendly than the Pram Race.
It was another great evening in Hastings’ Old Town with teams of people dressed up and racing their carts and prams around the pubs to make money for charity. Not sure why I didn’t get so many good photos this year – it certainly wasn’t because I was spending too much time in the pubs. Haha!
May Bank Holiday Monday has become one of the biggest days of the year in Hastings. Revived in 1983, the Jack In The Green celebrations have become so popular, not only will the best part of the town come out in fancy dress but there will be another 5000+ visitors to the town to include spectators and participating Morris men. This number will be further swelled by the traditional visiting 20,000+ bikers who fill the slightest remaining parking space – and all the best breakfast places 🙂
As it turned out, today was drizzly and cold but, did that stop them? No, it didn’t!
It’s difficult not to come home with a few hundred photos. I’ve whittled them down a little. Here’s a further selection of those I couldn’t leave behind.
Being only the third year of the Rye Jazz Festival, it’s not so surprising that the streets weren’t buzzing with activity and there wasn’t a saxophonist on every street corner. However, we struck gold when we turned up at the historic Buttermarket for a gig by a Hastings band: Safari Cocktail. Although we were two of only a few when they started, by the time they’d finished the first set, the street was crowded. Great musicians, great fun.
Because it was such a small venue, I was able to get a lot of shots which then makes it difficult to decide which ones to show and virtually impossible to restrain myself to showing only 6 – so, here are 10. I really enjoyed trying to shoot this event and I shall be looking out for more opportunities to practise this type of photography again.
It’s been Hastings Old Town Week and the town has been mad. At the beginning of the week there was the fishing boots race and then, the race to get the old butcher’s bike to the top of Crown Hill. Thursday was the Pram Race, Saturday the carnival and yesterday was Colour the Coast fun run. Huge sums of money are raised for various charities throughout the week however, only the hardy get to see it all. We went down to support the Pram Race.