November 26, 2022

Lightning Fibre Sponsors Frost Fair 2022

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Local Alt-net Lightning Fibre sponsors St Leonards-on-Sea Frost Fair 2022

On 26th November 2022, the streets of Central St Leonard's came to life with the return of the much loved annual frost fair, thanks in part to Lightning Fibre.

The streets thronged as people watched the amazing Frost Fair parade, heralding the return of the Snow Queen and her court. Spectators included Hastings Mayor, Cllr James Bacon. The vivid procession included all kinds of characters, krampus, wildmen, drummers, St Nick, dancers and even Jack Frost himself.

Frost Fair producer, Anton Burton-Windsor of Sussex Concepts CIC said "It was great to see so many smiles back out on the street, this is a real community event and it bought a very festive feel to the area, after a two year hiatus due to Covid. It was fantastic to see the community enjoying themselves again; I'd like to thank Lightning Fibre for their generous support and sponsorship, making it possible for the event to go ahead. I'd also like to thank all those who took part - Parade Participants, local groups, Bonfire Boys, Market Traders, Ride Operators, Entertainers and the local businesses - for giving St Leonard's a wonderful start to the festive season."

Ben Ferriman, Lightning Fibre CEO and Founder, added, "We like to play our part in the local communities we serve - be it Duck Sculptures (with Wild in Art and St Michael's Hospice), Pirates, and Jack Frost! It's great to see communities coming together to celebrate and have fun. We're looking forward to next year's event already."

Frost Fairs were held on the River Thames as early as the late 7th century until the early 19th century. Most were held between the early 17th and early 19th centuries. Tradesmen of all types set up booths to sell their wares, and pedlars circulated through the crowd.

Photo: Sara-Louise Bowery

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