Remembering the forgotten army – why it’s finally time for a day of commemoration

There’s an online petition demanding a national day of recognition to commemorate the often overlooked VJ day (Victory in Japan) on August 15th 1945, which marked the real end of the Second World War. Former Hastings Borough Councillor Richard Street has a special reason to feel passionately about the issue and below he explains why. […]

Local people walking for change as part of Refugee Tales

People from Hastings and Bexhill will join a five-day walk from Brighton to Hastings as part of a walking arts festival which finishes in the town next month. The Refugee Tales project brings together walkers, musicians, writers and storytellers, walking to show solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers and immigration detainees. This year – the fifth […]

Classics come to Bannatyne’s and crowds flock to see them

More than 1,000 fans of old cars flocked to the gardens of the Bannatyne Spa Hotel on Sunday to pour over 250 stunning examples of motor cars through time. From old Rolls Royces, Lamborghinis and classic Jags to the more mundane including Fords, Rovers and a couple of Leyland Princesses, exhibitors came from across the […]

Battle of Hastings 50p piece

The Royal Mint is reissuing a set of British military history 50p pieces and included among them is one to commemorate the 1066 Battle of Hastings. In addition to the local conflict the set includes 50p coins commemorating D-Day, the Victoria Cross and the Battle of Britain – all the newly minted coins carry a […]

A walk on the wild side! Greenway Group heads for the Country Park

The Hastings Greenway Group is staging one of its very popular walks on Saturday, this time through Hastings Country Park. The Hastings Greenway Project is an innovative network of linked, almost traffic-free, routes that everyone can enjoy for leisure, amenity and utility walking, as well as cycling and the Greenway Group’s regular organised walks are all about […]

Trustees map out their plans for iconic seafront landmark

When you’ve been entrusted with the responsibility for a grade II listed former church built in the neo-classical style in the early 19th century and occupying a high profile position on the seafront you could be excused for being a little apprehensive – the trustees of St Mary in the Castle, however, are far from […]

New chapter to ‘rich and varied history’ as first artist in residence moves in

Rebecca Ainscough has been announced as St Mary in the Castle’s first Artist in Residence and her exhibition opens on Friday. The exhibition Rhythm, Ritual, Rite of Passage will be on show in the Crypt Gallery until August 16th. “We’re so excited to have Rebecca as our first Artist in Residence,” Lead Curator, Thom Kofoed says, […]

Recognition for an overlooked statue in an ‘often overlooked’ part of town

There was a party atmosphere in West Marina Garden yesterday afternoon as Ian Jarman fulfilled one of his ambitions and saw a plaque unveiled that explains what the until now anonymous white marble statue that has been sitting there for more than 60 years is all about. It might have cost a relatively modest £350 […]

Those were the days my friend – but today’s not so bad either!

Hastings means so many things to so many people. This series of articles began with one young man explaining his hopes and fears for his hometown and here Irmina Corder explains why she has come ‘home’ to Hastings, after 50 years, having been one of the town’s ‘hysterical, backcombed, swirling-petticoated teenagers’ in the 1960s. This […]