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Jeremy Corbyn will be in Warrior Square on the day of St Leonards Festival!

Who’s reigning on the Parade?

This morning – the day of the St Leonards Festival – at 9.30, the streets of St Lens were stirring. The Kings Road market was nearly up and ready for action, whilst dismayed dog walkers clustered around Warrior Square staring at barriers and white vans which blocked their normal promenade paths. “It’s all gone arty farty and political,” I heard one woman say to her companion, HOT’s Erica Smith writes.

The rumours that have been flittering around Facebook for the past few days are true: Jeremy Corbyn will be in St Leonards Warrior Square this morning. You are advised to register in advance, and get there for 10.15, with Jezza on stage at 11am.

Down on the seafront, there wasn’t yet much sign of the stalls promised as part of St Leonards Festival, but the day was still young. I asked one of the stewards where Amber Rudd was going to speak from: “We’re not sure if she’s going to do a speech. She’s coming to walk around the festival. She’s only just back from Canada.”

It is simply a coincidence that Jeremy Corbyn has come to town on the day of the St Leonards Festival. It is the first stop on a tour of 70 marginal constituencies. It is significant that Hastings and Rye is top of his list. Those 346 votes won’t be forgotten in a hurry.

Love Jezza or hate him, it has to be good news for the St Leonards Festival that he’s come to town. The extra crowds are bound to join the festivities and shop in the market.

Watch this space for more news after the event!

Posted 10:50 Saturday, Jul 1, 2017 In: Election 2017