Press Releases week beginning 03 August 2015
Piracy rules in Rye
A famous children's cartoon character has taken over the main booking hall at Rye railway station in East Sussex.
The Captain Pugwash exhibition was officially opened on Thursday, 30 July by Rye Mayor Cllr Bernadine Fiddimore, and soon became popular with train passengers passing through the station.
The exhibition was organised by Kevin Barry, the Sussex Community Rail Partnership's community rail development officer for the Marshlink line, who is based at Rye station. Kevin said:
"Captain Pugwash was created by John Ryan, who lived here in Rye. We had a great response to the John Ryan memorial garden which we opened in April, and, with the invaluable help of John's wife Priscilla, daughter Isabel, and their family, we have now gone a step further and decorated the whole of the booking hall in 'pugwashiana'!
Kevin Boorman, the chair of the Marshlink line rail partnership, added:
"I remember Captain Pugwash very well from my childhood, so it was great to be involved with this event. There can't be many stations which are decorated with pirates, even unsuccessful ones as Captain Pugwash was.
"We are very grateful to Southern Railway for their support, to Kevin Barry for making it happen and, of course, to Priscilla and Isabel Ryan for all that they have done. It really brightens up the station.
"The exhibition runs until 26 August, so I would encourage anyone who wants to remember their childhood, or show their children/grandchildren who Captain Pugwash was, to travel to Rye station - preferably by train!"
Celebrity Chef to cook at Seafood Festival
Sensational celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli will be the special guest at Hastings Borough Council's Seafood and Wine Festival in September.
Jean-Christophe is a 5 out of 5 AA Rosette and Michelin award winning chef who has been dubbed 'the nations favourite French chef'. In 1996, Jean-Christophe opened his first restaurant, Maison Novelli in Clerkenwell, London quickly followed by four others and over his career he has accumulated no less than four Michelin Stars.
Keen to pass on his extensive knowledge and skill, Jean-Christophe opened his own cookery school, The Novelli Academy and within three months it was voted amongst the 'Top 25 Cookery Schools in the World'. He is also a well-known TV chef having appeared on a wide variety of the UK's most popular cookery programmes and prime TV shows.
Cllr Kim Forward, lead member for marketing explained:
"We are very excited to announce that Jean-Christophe Novelli will be appearing at the annual Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival on Saturday and Sunday 19 and 20 September. He will be delivering six cooking demonstrations using local fish over the two days with Q&A sessions to follow. Tickets for each demonstration are available from the Hastings Tourist Information Centre and cost £5 each £2 for under 18's. Ticket price includes the one hour demo and Q&A session plus a free entry wristband for the whole festival weekend, a festival glass and cookery book.
"This is a real treat for visitors to the festival; tickets for the six demonstrations will sell out very quickly so be sure to get yours early."
Tickets are available from the Hastings Tourist Information Centre, Muriel Matters House, Breeds Place, Hastings. Telephone 01424 451111.
The Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival will take place at the Stade Open Space, Hastings on 19 and 20 September 2015. Admission by wristband: £1 in advance, £2 on the day. Full programme details can be found at www.hastingsfestivals.com