Press Releases week beginning 10 September 2018
Hastings Fish brand to launch at Seafood and Wine festival 2018
Hastings Borough Council won grant funding to create a "Hastings Fish" brand. The Hastings Fish brand officially launches at this year's Seafood and Wine Festival on Saturday 15 September 2018.
The funding was applied for through the Hastings Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) from the EU's European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). Using the brand, the fishing fleet can promote itself and the fresh local catch. The Hastings' boats form the largest beach launched fleet in Europe. They fish using sustainable practices and, as a result, have one of the strongest fishing stocks in the country.
Deputy leader Kim Forward, lead councillor for regeneration and culture said, "The Hastings Fish brand is a real stamp of approval and will make it easy for people to choose fish caught by our local fishing fleet. They will see the sign and know they are buying sustainably caught Hastings fish and supporting a 1,000 year old tradition."
For the launch, visitors to the Seafood and Wine festival will be given vouchers for a free cool bag when they buy some Hastings fish. Visitors can also buy branded tea towels and mugs to help get behind the campaign.
Many restaurants and all of the fish retailers and wholesalers in the town have already signed up to be part of the venture. They have the Hastings Fish logo in their window, on their menus, websites and fish counters. Visit the website www.hastingsfish.org.uk
Hastings Fish with its heritage, sustainable catch methods, quality and seasonality is something to be proud of and shout about. And this campaign will make sure that residents, visitors and food industry professionals know all about it!
Hey there, it's HIO!
The Hastings Intercultural Organisation (HIO) football tournament was held on Sunday 9 September at the Oval.
Ten teams took part including two teams from Hastings Borough Council. There was a team from the Pestalozzi village which provided students from around the world. Hastings Mosque team included players from Bangladesh, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan. Different wards in Hastings, Hollington, Ore and West St Leonards sent teams too.
Hastings Borough Council lead councillor for housing and leisure Andy Batsford said, "The HIO tournament showed what a great galvanising sport football is. It has the power to transcend class, race and religion. The whole tournament was played in a great spirit and I was proud to take part in one of the two Hastings Borough Council teams, the Mighty Hastings Herrings. Well done to all those who played, showing once again that Hastings has many voices, but we are all one Hastings."
The tournament was won by the Hurricanes from Hastings and the runners up were Brothers Team B from Hastings Mosque.
The Mayor of Hastings, Councillor Nigel Sinden gave opened the match, and the Deputy Mayor Councillor James Bacon gave a closing speech and handed out the medals and trophy.
The tournament was organised by One Hastings Many Voices, Sussex Police, and Hastings Borough Council.