Press Releases week beginning 30 May 2016
Midsummer Fish Fest Returns
Hastings Midsummer Fish Fest is back for a third year. The free event takes place on the 25th and 26th June on the Stade open space.
The Midsummer Fish Fest was introduced by Hastings Borough Council after the success of the Seafood and Wine Festival and Herring Fair and kicks off a summer of events on the Stade. It's a celebration of local seasonal fish, food and drink producers topped off with some great live music.
Cllr Kim Forward, deputy leader of the council and lead member for marketing, said :- "The Midsummer Fish Fest is a great event, popular with residents and visitors alike.
"There will be a great selection of food and drink from local restaurants, street vendors, bakeries, wine and cider producers and 'Great Taste' award winners. The FILO brewery will be running a beer festival and there will also be delicious and nautical gifts to take home. Our local fishing fleet will be showcasing their net making skills and getting messy with fish printing.
"Once again, the festival will open with the beautiful sounds of Hastings Sinfonia. They will be playing a programme of short popular pieces and will be joined by two exciting soloists - Christopher Beaumont on Xylophone and Thomasina Triose, Soprano. The Hastings Sinfonia was founded in 2012 by local composer and pianist Polo Piatti who was recently commissioned to compose a new orchestral piece to commemorate HM Queen Elizabeth's 90th Birthday. The piece will have its Hastings premiere by Hastings Sinfonia during the Midsummer Fish Fest.
"Other performances include local favourites such as Karis Thompson and the Lost Weekend, Lumpy and the Lumpettes, Strum 'n' Bass and London based Indie Award nominee Katey Brookes. Visitors can enjoy the long summer evening as Stade Saturdays returns with a performance by Fumi Okiji's Old Time Jazz Band. Many stalls will remain open well into the evening.
"There will be cooking demonstrations in Classroom on the Coast, the unique seafood training kitchen based within the Stade Hall. Paul Webbe, owner and chef of Webbe's and the Wild Mushroom will show you how to make one of his tasty seafood creations and Olly Dawson from Olly's Fish Shack will show you how to cook your own street food with Hastings fish.
"Children can also be entertained in the Stade Hall where there will be craft activities of a fishy nature.
"The Midsummer Fish Fest was set up to promote Hastings Fishing Fleet, so after enjoying the festival fun, why not take a wander round the net huts, speak to the Fishermen's Protection Society and get inspired to buy, and cook with, locally caught, seasonal fish."
Drinking Fountain Restoration
The restoration of an historic drinking water fountain on St Leonards seafront has been marked by Cllr Peter Chowney, the leader of Hastings Borough Council, Cllr Judy Rogers, the mayor of Hastings, and descendants of James Castello, who gave the drinking water fountain to St Leonards in memory of his wife, Edith, who died in 1907.
James Castello lived at No 10 The Mount, named Elliris after his two children Ellis and Iris. During their lifetime Ellis and Iris ensured that the fountain was maintained in good condition. When their four children, James' grandchildren, all of whom attended the commemoration, realised that restoration work was required they approached Hastings Borough Council. The council met just over half of the cost of the work, with the Castello family contributing the rest.
Janet Langdon, 76, James Castello's youngest grandchild, was the driving force behind the restoration work. She said :- "The family is delighted with the work that has been carried out on this drinking water fountain, which has been operational since my grandfather gave it to the town 108 years ago, and continues to be used by passing walkers, cyclists and dogs. Indeed, we believe it has provided drinking water continuously for longer than any other drinking water fountain in the country. Hastings Borough Council has been very supportive, and local stonemasons Burslem, have done a superb job of restoring it."
Cllr Peter Chowney added :- "This has been a great project, and I am very pleased indeed that we were able to work in partnership with the Castello family to restore the fountain. It was good, too, to see all four of James' grandchildren here, five of his six great grandchildren, and one of his five great, great grandchildren. The drinking water fountain has served the town and its visitors well for 108 years, and I am sure it will now continue to do so well into the future."