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Boats on Hastings Beach – the theme for Hastings Week Poetry Competition.

Entries invited for Hastings Week Poetry Competition

If you think you’re a poet but possibly don’t know it, how about entering the Hastings Week Poetry Competition run personally by the mayor? Nick Terdre tells you how.

The Annual Hastings Week Poetry Competition will be going ahead once again, the Mayor of Hastings Cllr James Bacon tells HOT. This year, the theme is ‘Boats on Hastings Beach’.

This competition is open to all ages divided into three categories: 1) 11 years and under; 2) 12-17 years; 3) adults (18 years and above).

To find inspiration, just look at the picture above. Only one poem is allowed per entrant – it should be no more than 500 words.

Email your entry to, or send it by post to: Cllr James Bacon, Hastings Mayor, Muriel Matters House, Breeds Place, Hastings TN34 3UY, by the deadline of Sunday 24 October.

Don’t forget to include your full name, age and contact details with your entry.

The judging panel will consist of Cllr Judy Rogers, actress Jenny Hanley and the mayor himself. Certificates and prizes await the winners.

Poems may be used in publications supported by the Hastings Week committee.

“On behalf of the judging panel, we very much look forward to reading your entries,” says James.

Dress up for Hastings

And here’s another challenge from the mayor: Dress Up For Hastings on ‘Weird Wednesday.’

James is encouraging all residents to dress up in something elaborate and funky on Wednesday 13 October to celebrate the uniqueness of Hastings. This is right in the middle of Hastings Week which runs from Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 October.

“We would love to see your outfits by posting your photos on social media with the hashtag #WWDressUp,” says James. “Please also follow the Facebook Event Page, Hastings Weird Wednesday, where you can share your photos for the community to appreciate.

“Thank you in advance for taking part and dressing up for Hastings.”

Junior mayor

Meanwhile the mayor and his team are mulling over the entries  in the ‘Who wants to be Mayor for the day?’ competition for primary school children years 1 to 6 which closed last week.

Would-be mayors were asked to describe on one side of A4 paper what they would do for Hastings if they were mayor for the day.

The winner will have the opportunity to accompany the real mayor, along with their parent/guardian, to local events during Hastings Week (at a weekend) and become a Junior Mayor for the day.


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Posted 20:37 Monday, Oct 4, 2021 In: Poetry

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