Music and fireworks at party

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Thousands of carnival revellers flocked to the Polegrove on Friday (July 25) for this year’s Party in the Park.

Live music kicked the evening off at 7pm, with local groups including 1066 Rockit and The Jersey Boys getting crowds worked up for the carnival parade the following morning.

Around 5,000 partygoers crowded into the Polegrove to catch the fireworks display at 9.45pm, and their collective spending raised over £2,000 for Entertainment Workshops, a Rye-based alternative education charity for young people in Hastings and Rother.

A spokesman for carnival sponsors Hastings Direct praised the charity’s valuable work, and said the evening had been a huge success.