|The Hastings Blossom Festival of 1960 became famous for its so-called
‘riot’. The float parade had been cancelled because of wet weather.
This, combined with an influx of young people in the city centre,
overcrowding in hotels and overbearing crowd-control tactics (like the
use of fire-hoses) created a situation where fights readily broke out.
Moral panic in the wake of this incident inflated it in the popular
imagination to a full-scale riot instigated by rebellious young people.
In reality only a small number of people were actually fighting. Twelve
were charged, and only with minor offences related to disorderly
behaviour. Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327) |
Hastings Milk Treatment Station