Hastings Old Town Carnival Court

Out and about with Hastings Old Town Carnival Court 2014
Hastings Old Town Carnival Queen, Miss Hastings Leylah Dobinson
with Carnival Princess Chloe Stretton and Carnival Princess Hannah Burgess

Carnival photogallery

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Webmaster Ion Castro asked the 2014 court what sort of year they’d had –
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Carnival Queen Laylah Dobinson
“The time that I have had with Hastings Carnival Court has been truly amazing. I have experienced times I will never do again, met lovely people who I still remain friends with and remember all the wonderful memories I will treasure within my life. When attending events with my carnival princesses I have always felt positive and proud to be apart of representing H astings. My most memorable event I will always remember was my Crowning Coronation at Winkle Island, it was such a beautiful day and the sun was shining! It was such an inspirational moment which will never pass..
Being Miss Hastings last year was very enjoyable and I would like to wish all the best for this years new carnival court, I feel honoured to have represented our lovely town Hastings. Thank you”

Princess Chloe Stretton
“Hello everyone, my past year as Hastings Old Town Carnival Princess has been an enjoyable, honourable experience. From Whelk eating, to the relocating of the Priscilla MacBean, and of course Carnival Day itself, has truly been an amazing year, and I am delighted to have spent it with such a lovely court - Queen Leylah, and Princess Hannah. I'd also like to take the time to personally thank the Carnival Committee for all that they have done this year, making our time pleasant and memorable. I think one of the main things I have enjoyed has been the numerous fundraising events for a variety of charities and organisations, which was celebrated with the Donation evening at the end of the year, which I thoroughly enjoyed as it was an honour to attend. This wouldn't have been possible without the committee giving up their time, along with the community as well. I never realised just how overwhelming it is to see how much support Hastings receives not just during Old Town week, but all year round from the public along with visiting Courts as well. Like I said at the start of my journey' it would truly be a priceless experience and such an amazing opportunity' - and that it surely has been! I feel that I have by far met a number of lovely people from other Carnival courts, to our own, many who I know are now life long friends. My role as Old Town Carnival Princess has truly been a priceless experience I will never forget. I know that this is something I will cherish for the rest of my life, so thank you ever so much for giving me this opportunity to represent something so honourable, and I hope I did Hastings proud.”

Princess Hannah Burgess
“Participating in 2014 Carnival Court has been an incredible opportunity and honour. I thoroughly enjoyed this year, from carnivals to eating whelks, the experience was amazing. Being alongside Leylah and Chloe in last years carnival court was lovely, I am glad that I was part of the court alongside the two other girls. I have met some incredibly lovely people, going to other towns and participating in carnivals was wonderful. We walked the Hastings Bonfire Parade which was an experience I will never forget. My favourite event we attended was the seaboot race. I have loved every event that we participated in, I tried new things that I didn't think I would. Thank you for the opportunity to take part in the carnival court it was an incredible experience, that I will never forget.”

 


Saturday 15th November
Ancient Lifeboat the Priscilla MacBean is moved to its final 'dry dock'.

Hastings Old Town Carnival Court and the Priscilla MacBean

Hastings Old Town Carnival Court and the Priscilla MacBean

Saturday 15th November, After a year of restoration the former Eastbourne, Kirkcudbright and Maryport lifeboat is moved to its new location at the bottom of Old London Road at the top of Hastings Old Town on the 86th anniversary of the loss of sister ship, The Mary Sandford at Rye. The court were amongst the VIP's that included Hastings & Rye's MP, Mayors of Rye and Hastings, Councillors, Lifeboatmen, Firemen, Hastings Bonfire, Hastings Town Crier, Hastings Old Town Crier, Coastguards, and a crew from BBC news to name but a few.
Pictures - above Priscilla MacBean waiting to be pulled, left, with Ron 'Popeye' Everett and ex mayor Alan Roberts, nelow left, taking a quick break with chaperone Sian and below - the boat in place in the background.
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HASTINGS WEEK 2014 - 11th - 19th OCTOBER
Saturday 11th October - Opening Ceremony

Hastings Old Town Carnival Court

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There was a good turnout for the opening ceremony despite the threatened rain with Hastings’ Mayor, cllr. Bruce Dowling, Deputy Mayor cllr. Judy Rogers, MP for Hastings & Rye, Amber Rudd Chair of the Hastings Week Committee, Nigel Hogben and members of the Committee. Hastings Old Town Carnival Court, British Legion and members of the cadet force, and a contingent from the Brownies in attendance. Afterwards the crowd were entertained with a song by a charming young lady from GIZMO, the young peoples’ organisation.
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Saturday 11th October - Classic Car Show Day 1
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Saturday 11th October - Jewellery sale at the Lifeboat House  
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Friday 17th October - Order of 1066 Award at Hastings Museum

Hastings Old Town Carnival Court

Hastings Old Town Carnival Court
Every year since 1968 the prestigious "Order of 1066" is awarded to a deserving Hastings resident for services to the community and the presentation is attended by local VIP's, MP Amber Rudd, Mayor Bruce Dowling and Deputy Mayor Judy Rogers, Chair of the Hastings Week Committee Nigel Hogben, the Hastings Week Committee, former winners of the Order of 1066 and of course Miss Hastings and her attendants. The Winner of the Order of 1066 was Owen Thompson, a resident since 1966 for services to multiculturalism.

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Saturday 18th October - BONFIRE  
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Sunday 19th October - Hobbies & Crafts Show  
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Sunday 19th October - Sprat & Winkle Commercial Vehicle run from Sevenoaks
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Hastings Old Town Carnival Queen and Court

The last Sunday of Hastings Week was the 'Sprat & Winkle' - the show on the Stade exhibiting Historic Commercial Vehicles at the end of their run from Sevenoaks.

On a sadder note we would like to announce our profound sorrow at the untimely passing of Andy Garner, the main organiser of the extremely popular ‘Sprat and Winkle’ Commercial Vehicle run on the final Sunday of Hastings Week and to offer our condolences to his family and friends. We are assured however that the event will run next year and future years in his memory.

Below, left, Ron "Popeye" Everett was encountered in George Street and right, Waiting to judge the Old Town Windows.

Sunday 19th October - on the way to Judging the Old Town Windows
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Sunday 19th October - Judging the Old Town Windows  

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Winning Window - Little Treasures

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Below left, Runner-up - Vintage Bird and right, Highly Commended, Habibi

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Sunday 19th October - Closing Ceremony
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Aylesham: Saturday 27th September 2014

The court attended Aylesham Carnival. Seen here curtsying on the village and being awarded 1st Place Senior Court of the Day

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Hastings Old Town Carnival Court
Photo: left, Alun Sambrook , above Colin Habbershaw of cdh photography/Dover Town Carnival
 
HASTINGS OLD TOWN CARNIVAL COURT AT DOVER 20th September 2014
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CARNIVAL QUEEN, Leylah Dobinson who is also Miss Hastings and Princesses Chloe Stretton and Hannah Burgess, attending the Court of Kent Senior Courts Dinner at the Masonic Hall in Dover

 

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Photos Alun Sambrook

 

 

HASTINGS OLD TOWN CARNIVAL WEEK 2014 - 26th July - 3rd August
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DAY 1 Saturday 26th July 2014. First engagement of the week, opening the 'Cinque Ports Exhibition' at the History House with Hastings' MP, Mayor and deputy Mayor
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DAY 1 Saturday 26th July, above, 'Judging the Windows' in All Saints Street and below, pause for a pose at the 'Winkle' en-route to the tug'o'war where they are interviewed by the local paper

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DAY 1 Saturday 26 July 2014, below going to the opening of the exhibition at the Hastings Fishermens Museum and then on to the Beach Concert

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Hastings Old Town Carnival Court

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DAY 1 Saturday 26 July 2014 above From the Museum to be inroduced to the crowd by Tony Streeter at the Beach Concert, then Carnival Queen Laylah has her portrait painted by Juliette Dodd and finally taking up position in High Street to judge the Hastings Old Town Crier competition at the end of a very long day.
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The court and Chaperone Vivienne are met on Winkle Island by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Hastings and then proceed to the official crowning of the Carnival Queen by MP Amber Rudd, Thsi is followed bt the Carnival Queen being presented with the portrait by Juliette Dodd The Carnival Queen then presents certificates for Best Dressed Window in All Saints Street then off with Carnival Chairman Robert Morgan for a procession round the Old Town in their new float. An appearance at the second day of the Beach Concert had to be cancelled because of an unfortunate change in the weather.

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DAY 3 Monday 28 July 2014 The Seaboot Race in Courthouse StreetTop of page
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DAY 4 Tuesday 29 July 2014 The Bike Race and, below, right, Mannequin Parade at the bottom end of High StreetTop of page
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DAY 6 Thursday 31 July 2014 The High Street Party
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Day 5 was the Hastings Old Town Pram Race and the Carnival Court did not enter as contestants, The court did help out at the candyfloss stall as part of the High Street Party. Day 7, Friday did not stage any major events for the court to attend.

DAY 8 Saturday 3 August 2014 HASTINGS OLD TOWN CARNIVAL DAY
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Sunday, 6th July 2014

HASTINGS CARNIVAL COURT and the team enjoyed another brilliant and sunny CARNIVAL DAY at DOVER.
Miss HASTINGS and CARNIVAL QUEEN, Leylah Dobinson, won the valued QUEEN of QUEEN's award;
Chloe Stretton and Hannah Burgess, Leylah's 2 Princesses,joined her and won 2nd place for best visiting Court,
and the COMPLETE COURT aboard the FLOAT WHILE in PROCESSION won the accolade of the day......
BEST VISITING COURT AND FLOAT TABLEAU.
Hastings would like to say a big "THANKYOU to the DOVER TOWN COMMITTEE for a wonderful day".

photos: Alun Sambrook

Hastings Old Town Carnival Court1st Place Senior Queen of Queens, 1st Place Queens Tableaux, 2nd Place Senior Court of the Day

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"The Float" - with paintwork etc. completed

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Hastings Carnival Court attended the Lydd Club Gala Day

Hastings Queen Leylah Dobinson and her two Princesses, Chloe Stretton and Hannah Burgess enjoyed a huge welcome to Lydd's summer parade aboard the pristine new Hastings Carnival Court Float that first appeared at Eastbourne (see below).
The green dresses enhanced beautifully the float decor which now portrays a 'dolphin and seahorse' seaside marine theme.

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Photos: Alun Sambrook

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31st May 2014, below and right Eastbourne Carnival. Photos Alun Sambrook
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Right, Princess Chloe Stretton wins 'Teen Face of Surrey 2014' at the Addington Court Golf Clubhouse in the 'Face of the Globe Beauty Pageant' She'll be off to Disneyland Paris in October to compete for the Teen Face of the Globe 2015.
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26th May 2014,
Hastings Old Town Carnival Court
Photo Alun Sambrook

Carnival Court Sponsors 2014
Flowers by "Friends Flowers" in the Conquest Hospital

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