Press Releases week beginning 02 November 2015
Fantastic Fish Fair...
Hastings celebrated its fourth annual herring fair over the weekend (31st October/1st November), with visitors and stallholders describing it as the best ever.
The event was organised by Hastings Borough Council, on behalf of the EU-funded Hastings Fisheries Local Action Group (‘FLAG’), and took place on the Stade, part of Hastings’ historic fishing beach.
Cllr Dawn Poole, vice chair of the FLAG, said:
“We’ve had some fantastic feedback on the Herring Fair, which is becoming very well established. The atmosphere was superb, with a great selection of stalls, and live music too.
“The weather was very kind to us, really drawing visitors, and several stalls sold out by Saturday afternoon, having to re-stock for the Sunday.
“We were worried if we would have herring because the sea has been so warm, and we were lucky that our fishing boats were able to land some just in time. Indeed one boat went off Saturday night and its herring catch was being sold literally hours later, and just yards from where it was landed.
“This helped illustrate the need for the fair. As local former fishmonger ‘Tush’ Hamilton explained at the event, a herring ban in the 1970s meant that the fish fell out of fashion. They are now plentiful, but the fishermen struggle to sell them. By raising awareness of the herring, and its versatility, we help to sustain our 1000 year old fishing industry, a vital part of our heritage.”
Fountain Lit Purple
Breeds Place fountain on the seafront in Hastings was lit purple on Sunday 01 November by Hastings Borough Council to mark the start of pancreatic cancer awareness month.
The fountain lights were lit purple as part of Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Purple Lights for Hope awareness campaign, and will join many other landmarks across the UK in a bid to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.
The Mayor of Hastings, Cllr Bruce Dowling said:
“We are delighted to be supporting Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Purple Lights for Hope campaign. We hope that by lighting up Breeds Place fountain in purple we are going some way to help put a spotlight on pancreatic cancer and to highlight a disease that many people still know so very little about.”
Only around four per cent of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive five years or more. This figure has hardly changed in 40 years. It is the fifth most common cause of all cancer deaths in the UK and it is predicted that by 2030 pancreatic cancer will overtake breast cancer as the fourth most common cancer killer.
To find out what other landmarks are lighting up this year, visit www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/purplelightsmap.
Christmas On The Cards
With less than two months to the big day, Hastings Borough Council has launched a new range of Christmas cards. Depicting snow-covered scenes in the town, the cards cost £1 each, four for £3, and can only be bought from the Tourist Information Centre at Breeds Place.
Cllr Kim Forward, deputy leader of the council and lead member for marketing, said:
“Hastings is very photogenic, and looks especially pretty in the snow. I’m sure these cards will be very popular, and show that our town is attractive whatever the weather.”