What is 'Hug-Many'?
Ian Andrew, a former partner at Michael James Insurance, now Aspen Lark, who insure many of the businesses in The Pantiles and in Tunbridge Wells, walked out on to The Pantiles one New Year's Eve a few years ago and noticed it was completely empty. He had the idea to have a party for the town for people of all ages to celebrate together and on this one special day to raise as much money as he could for local cancer charities.
His idea was for everyone to have a wonderful time together, to make new friends, and leave knowing they have done some good for many people who are in a less fortunate position.
He came up with the name 'Hug-Many' (a play on the Scottish word for New Year`s Eve, Hogmanay) as the event was for everyone and to help those in need.
Polly Taylor at the local charity, The Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre, told Ian that the thing most people wanted if they discovered they may have cancer, was a 'Hug' and an offer of support and that his idea of 'Hug-Many' encapsulated that....and 'Hug-Many' was born.
The live bands, the DJ with a laser light show, the countdown clock, and the finale with the piper, and the enormous firework display over the Pantiles along with all the cafes and restaurants being open are what has made this such a fantastic event for Tunbridge Wells.
Who is 'Hug-Many' for?
'Hug-Many' is a family-friendly event on the Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells and is open to all.
The aim is to celebrate in style in Kent/Sussex's largest public New Year's Eve event while raising money for local charities.
Donation: £10 per adult plus 50p fee to cover PayPal costs
There is no charge for badges for children under 12, but if you would like to give a donation for children under 16 at 'Hug-Many' on New Year's Eve it would be so very much appreciated by our charities. Thank you.