Press Releases week beginning 04 January 2016
1066 Country Ready to Do Battle In Big Year
1066 Country is getting ready for what promises to be its biggest year since 1966, as it celebrates the 950th anniversary of the battle which gave the area its name, and fame. English Heritage have just announced that it is one of the major anniversaries that they will be marking next year.
Kevin Boorman, manager of 1066 Country Marketing, the private/public sector organisation which markets the area, explained :- "One or two people have asked why we're making such a big thing of a 950th anniversary. I can remember the massive celebrations in Hastings in 1966 but, sadly, will be 108 in 2066, so 2016 really is the best opportunity we have in our lifetime to remember what happened on 14th October 1066, and the impact it had.
"The Battle of Hastings was, literally, a world-changing event which gave us the English language and our legal system, and it is only right that we commemorate it. And we are really delighted that English Heritage has just announced that it tops their list of next year's most important anniversaries.
"Here in 1066 Country we have a whole series of events to mark the date, including our ROOT1066 International Festival of Contemporary Arts, which will run throughout September and up to the week of the anniversary itself, and of course our Concorde 950 commemoration and Hastings Week celebrations marking the anniversary itself.
"English Heritage will mark the anniversary with a year of activity at Norman castles and abbeys across the country, with a new exhibition opening at Battle Abbey in the summer telling the story of the battle :- and visitors will be able to stand on the roof of the abbey's great gatehouse for the first time. And there will of course be a re-enactment of the battle on the actual battlefield over the weekend of 15th/16th October.
"Our friends in Normandy are also celebrating the anniversary - their victory - at key sites such as Bayeux, Falaise and Caen. Indeed their tourism literature next year will bear a special slogan marking the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, which can only help raise our profile too.
"Next year promises to be incredibly exciting here in 1066 Country, with visitors flocking to the area from around the world. And that can only be good news for the visitor economy, and the 12 500 jobs tourism supports locally."
Mayor Supports Models of Diversity
Models of Diversity (MoD) are a charity which campaigns for more diversity in the models we all see every day in the fashion industry. They call on the fashion, beauty and marketing industries to recognise the beauty in people of all races, ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. Their mission is to change the face of fashion and modelling.
The Mayor of Hastings, Cllr Bruce Dowling and the deputy Mayor, Cllr Judy Rogers met Elesha Turner before Christmas (16 December), a local woman who has been supporting this campaign and who has recently won a BEFFTA award (Europe's award ceremony that celebrates the achievements of black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts) for best female model in a category of over 30 able models; an amazing achievement for her and Models Of Diversity.
Cllr Dowling said:
"Models of Diversity are an excellent charity which is challenging the fashion and arts industry to recognise beauty in all people.
"It was a pleasure to meet Elesha last week and have the opportunity to understand her personal struggle with surgeries and now of course her success with her modelling career.
"It's important that we all recognise diversity and I am pleased that Elesha was able to bring to our attention the petition that Models of Diversity are currently working on to 'Regulate the fashion industry and apply same ratio for models'.
"I was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 19, in July 2013 which left me having to have limb salvage surgery to my left leg, the day before my 20th birthday. During my recovery I have been involved with Models of Diversity and have walked in New York fashion week, and recently won a BEFFTA award.
"Now, three other MoD models and I have been to Parliament to launch the petition to address the exclusion of disability in fashion. 1 in every 6 people has a disability in this country and we are just asking for this to be reflected in the fashion industry.
"It's great to have the support of the Mayor and his deputy for this petition. I am urging my local community whether they have a disability or not to help us reach our target and make a change happen."
To find out more about Models of Diversity: http://modelsofdiversity.org/
To support the petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/109259
Old bikes? We need them!
Hastings Borough Council is calling out for unused bicycles to be upcycled for local children.
Working with Sustrans and Hastings & St Leonards Community Bike Workshop they hope to collect bicycles to donate to a local project in schools called Bike It.
Sustrans, a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport deliver the scheme called Bike It in schools across Hastings and East Sussex. It helps to encourage and support students to travel actively and safely to school.
They are now looking for donations of bikes suitable for children aged 4-11.
Cllr Dawn Poole, the council's lead member for regeneration explained:
"Sustrans would like to provide more bikes to young people for their scheme Bike It and are looking for donations of children's bikes. They will be working with the Hastings & St Leonards Community Bike Workshop volunteers who will carry out a full service and any repairs to make sure bikes are safe before being given to schools. Where a bike is given to an individual child a suggested donation of only £5 will be requested with the proceeds covering the cost of spare parts.
"So, if you have a child's bike that's no longer used in your shed or garage that you'd be willing to donate for this exciting local project, you can drop it off at the Stade Hall, Rock-a-Nore, Hastings between 12 - 4 pm on Saturday 16 January.
"It's a great opportunity to recycle, support sustainable transport and help kids get active safely in our town!
"If you would like more information about this scheme please contact Nick Sangster email@example.com