Press Releases week beginning 04 May 2015
Town benefits from bells and bikes invasion
Hastings is recovering from one of the busiest days of the year, the May Day bank holiday, with tens of thousands of residents and visitors enjoying the Jack in the Green celebrations, and up to 40 000 bikers visiting the town too.
Deputy council leader Cllr Peter Chowney explained:
"We had a brilliant May Day bank holiday; the whole town was packed with Morris dancers, bikers, and those who came to enjoy the spectacle.
"We pride ourselves on being quirky in Hastings, and very few towns can boast either large Morris dancing displays, or bike runs on this scale, but only in Hastings could both happen on the same day!
"Fortunately the forecast rain held off until the evening, and residents and visitors alike were able to enjoy the entertainment.
"There is a serious side to this too, of course. Tourism is vital to the town's economy, and we believe that the 100,000 or so visitors to Hastings spent up to £2m, so helping local businesses and, of course, the local people they employ.
"We are very grateful to all of those who work so hard to put our events on, and I'd especially like to thank Keith Leech MBE and his volunteer team who do so much, entirely unpaid, to organise the Jack in the Green festival."