|Councillor Jeremy Birch at the Olympic Stadium|
Now the excitement of the election is over it is back to business – trying to improve the appearance, the prosperity and the quality of life for Hastings. I have been given the privilege of continuing to lead Hastings Borough Council and intend that it should carry on being an interventionist and highly committed local authority. We have a plan of action for Hastings and will rightly be held to account by local people on the extent to which we carry it through. But away from elections and policy pledges there is a whole Summer of excitement ahead for all of us in the town. May Day has kicked us off with another stunning Jack in the Green procession and celebration. Now every Saturday evening till the Autumn there is a programme of free performances on the Stade open space – Stade Saturdays. Some will be real spectaculars, some smaller more intimate shows. But they will all be worth seeing. Then Tuesday 17th July will see the Olympic Torch come to Hastings – the only East Sussex town where it will stay overnight with a full ceremony and entertainment. Thousands will come for a great family evening out. But Torch Week will culminate on Sunday 22nd when Britain will record its first world record of 2012 – the largest number of pirates gathered together in one place. And Pirate Day will be accompanied by a fly-past by the Red Arrows – a day not to be missed. Then of course there is the Old TownCarnival in August, the Coastal Currents arts festival in early September and the Seafood and Wine Festival later that month. Hastings Borough Council is proud to be involved in all these events – let’s make the most of them.