Press Releases week beginning 23 April 2018
Bikes, Bells and Hankies :- Media event, Hastings, Saturday 5th May
You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to cover a unique event in Hastings on the morning of Saturday 5th May.
This weekend is the 40th 'bikers' run' to Hastings, which has now grown to be one of the biggest motorbike events in Europe, and the 36th 'Jack in the Green' weekend, a celebration of all things Morris.
Hastings has been pleased and proud to host both events, either of which would be a massive attraction in their own right :- but for both to happen on the same day is extra special/mad!
To mark this, a special traditional 'wall of death' - hired in by the Bike1066 organisers - will host a visit by Morris dancers, and we are promised some spectacular tricks, and photos.
The event will take place c1100 - 1145 on the Stade open space, in Hastings Old Town.
Morris Dancers To Enjoy May Day Lift
Morris dancers and spectators will get an early morning lift on Tuesday 1st May, as Hastings Borough Council will be opening the town's West Hill funicular railway at 0445 for the 'dancing at dawn' event.
Kevin Boorman, the council's marketing manager, explained :- "Morris dancers have 'danced at dawn' on Ladies Parlour on the West Hill on 1st May for many years.
"To show our support for the event, which starts around 0500, our West Hill lift will open at 0445, allowing Morris dancers to have an easier journey up the hill!
"Morris dancers in Morris kit will travel free, spectators pay the usual fare :- there's no early morning premium!
"Our West Hill lift is 127 years old, and is one of the oldest railways in the world still using its original carriages. Dancing at dawn as the sun rises on 1st May is an old tradition too, and we're pleased to be able to open the lift early to allow Morris dancers to get to Ladies Parlour rather than climb the 100+ steps to the top of the hill!
"The West Hill Lift has recently been closed for emergency engineering work, and I am delighted that it will be completed by this weekend, allowing us to reopen in time for May Day, and the Jack in the Green celebrations the following weekend."