The day the Carnival came to Hastings Town, tradition was mixed with modern. Spongebob Squarepants , Disney Princesses and Hello Kitty swayed with Betty Boop, dolphins and the Jolly Roger.
The Lindy Hoopers danced , displaying Balboa, Colliegiate Shag, Shim Sham and stroll. The audience were captivated by tattoos ,vintage clothing and pillar-box red lipstick smiles.
The Beauty Queens , their hair secured under glittering tiaras, dressed in silken gowns , smiled and waved whilst they travelled on a modern day chariot. Their masthead a doll , plastic and perfect immune to the cool breeze.
The Majorettes twirled their batons as did Charlie Chaplin his walking stick.
The ship's cat guarded the stairway gangplank to his vessel whilst his pirates caroused the streets as
Johnny Depp lookalikes .
Was he thinking.....?
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sails shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face and a grey dawn breaking.
Extract from Sea-Fever by John Masefield