Old Town hosts Bank Holiday Monday event

Come rain or shine - but hoping for shine - there will be Spring fun for families this Monday with the traditional May Day in Bexhill’s Old Town.

This free event is sponsored by Bexhill Old Town Preservation Society and has become a firm favourite with its blend of activities and entertainment.

There will be Maypole dancing, rides on a miniature steam train, Furry Friends, children’s games, traditional fair ride, and old favourite tunes from the Hooe Silver Band.

The fun day, from 10.45-4pm, is in Barrack Hall Park which provides a perfect safe setting with plenty of space to run around.

Refreshments will be available but it is also advised to take a picnic and settle in for the duration.

The event will include the crowning of the May Queen, her two princesses and a Chimney Sweep for good luck.

Applications should be submitted ahead of the day but children can also enter early on the morning - judging will be at 10.30am, so entrants need to arrive between 9.45-10.15 - call 01424 732642 for a form, or 211711.

The May Queen will be crowned and they all will enjoy a regal trip around Bexhill in a stylish horse-drawn carriage.

To enter a child should be aged 7-11 and also be able to help Father Christmas later on in the year at the Old Town Christmas Festival on December 6/7, as well as attending other charities during the year.

For organiser Pauline Bullock one of the highlights is Maypole dancing by children from King Offa primary academy who are led by Pat and Colin King - but she is also a fan of the cuddly rabbits brought along by Furry Friends.

Pauline commented: “It is meant to be a family fun day, where children can do what they like. But it is an event for all ages because the Hooe band play at lunchtime and the adults always enjoy that. There are various charities helped by the event - including Chantry School PTA, Bexhill Lions, and Battle Lions. Furry Friends bring along their lovely rabbits with long hair and you can hold and play with them - and that suits me fine. The Maypole dancing is great - Pat and Colin really are brilliant with what they do, and I think we have helped bring back the tradition of Maypole dancing, it is good to see it.”