Today saw the first large public event within our empty shop space. It was suggested by Patrick in a meeting some weeks ago, that we participate in the national event 'The Big Draw.'
Lorna was unable to be present on the day, but the night before, painted a wonderfully bold display in the window, that stopped many a passer-by in their tracks.
Armed with an assortment of felt tips, board markers, rolls of wallpaper, home-made bunting and some large blank windows, we set about inviting the Hastings public to express their inner artist on less than traditional canvases.
The day started relatively slowly, with much of the town's attention directed towards the 'Save Our Pier' march, but once that dissipated the town centre was buzzing. I led by example and started doodling away on the windows (with the help of some friends) which shocked and intrigued many. Soon enough a mere wave of a board marker coaxed the young and old into making their temporary mark.
As more drew on the windows they were also intrigued to look inside. Where mostly young families were having a blast, scrawling caterpillars and a utopian dream for the pier.
As the day drew on we were graced with members of the public from all walks of life. Some of the younger clientele neglecting the 'draw' part of the 'Big Draw' and resorting to message writing (although surprisingly very little of libellous nature).
By 3.30pm the temperature had dropped and it seemed to be winding down. But all of a sudden a slew of about 40 'alternative' teens descended on the space, filling windows and wallpaper in mere moments. They seemed incredibly grateful for something to do, but baffled at the concept of us putting on an event "just for fun."
||All in all, it was a wonderfully successful day. With the credit going to Patrick and Sarah for their excellent organisation and co-ordination of the space.
We were blessed with good weather, and a stroke of generosity in the BBC Blast caravan not pitching up directly in front of the shop (as previously arranged).
But some sort of 'Saturday Event' should certainly be repeated in the near future, as the Hastings public certainly enjoyed something a bit more engaging than mindlessly walking around the shops.