Old Town Carnival Queen 2008


Gemmaine is Miss Hastings 2008

Twenty year old Gemmaine Baughurst is the 2008 Old Town Carnival Queen and automatically becomes Miss Hastings.

Gemmaine was elected from thirteen finalists by a panel of three eminent judges, Marion Hartley, the very first Old Town carnival Queen, Jim Philcox and Tracy Shipley. with 1st Princess is Cassie Abbott (19) and 2nd princess Keira Donnelly (18). The selection evening took place at Venue M George Street on Sunday 4 April.

Gemmaine Baughurst (centre) with 1st Princess is Cassie Abbott and
Gemmaine Baughurst (centre) with 1st Princess is Cassie Abbott and

This year the Carnival, on Saturday 9 August, will revert to the old – Rock-a-nore, seafront, round the fountain, back along the seafront, up High Street, across The Bourne, down All Saints Street and back to Rock-a-nore. It will start at 6pm.

The Hastings Old Town Carnival has been in existence since 1968. In those days Hastings and St Leonards had their own carnival which missed out the Old Town Old Towners decided to have their own, better, carnival. As time went by the Old Town event got better and better and the other one, sadly, fizzled out. As a parting gift they gave the Old Town Carnival the right to the title “Miss Hastings” ever since the Old Town Carnival Queen is also Miss Hastings.

Hastings Old Town Carnival is run by an unpaid band of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who welcome new members. – you don’t have to join at the AGM, just e-mail [email protected] for details.

Carnival 2008 is SATURDAY, 9th August 2008 6pm

” Hastings Town ” May 2008

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