Loving Hastings – pop-up art gallery on pier is big hit in its first week

An eclectic collection of original art from local painters, photographers and craftspeople has transformed the top deck of Hastings pier into a weekly outdoor arts and crafts market.  Works are on sale every Sunday through the summer from up to 20 artists right across the South East.  Organised by Love Hastings, the weekly arts and […]

Adapting to survive – The BBQ Project is the fruit of Gavin’s labour of love

At eight o’clock this morning Gavin Steedman’s dreams were another step closer to fulfilment when at last he was able to invite people inside to enjoy his unique style of cooking. Tom McCann recently met-up with the entrepreneur and discovered a man with vision and a relentless determination to make his business succeed. It’s been […]

Pier’s artisan bakers wow top chefs with ‘moreish’ morsels

Frankonia the artisan bakery that brought it’s unique range of products to Hastings Pier this summer has just won a top award. Frankonia the Bread House,  is based in Surrey and supplies its range of products to outlets across Kent and East Sussex and has just won a major national award for its Cocoa Butter Biscuits.  Frankonia […]

You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone – did our council fail to grasp the significance of pier’s 2017 Stirling Prize?

Announcing this year’s winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize judges described it as a ‘modest masterpiece”. This year’s winner was Goldsmith Street in Norwich also described as ‘an architectural marvel’. Judges say it represents what has become a rare breed: streets of terraced homes built directly by the council, rented with secure tenancies at fixed social […]

Owner says making success of Hastings Pier is his priority

Making a success of Hastings Pier is a priority for its owner Sheikh Abid Gulzar. Speaking this week about why he has put two of his Eastbourne hotels up for sale Mr Gulzar says: “Eastbourne Pier is an amazing success… buying Hastings Pier represents a massive challenge to me and now I am determined to […]

Amusements in a fortnight… cabins might take a little longer

Hastings Pier’s ‘family entertainment centre’ will be open within the next two weeks. Brett McLean, one of the spokesmen for pier owner Sheikh Abid Gulzar, confirmed to Hastings In Focus that the centre, approved by Hastings Borough Council’s planning committee at the beginning of the month, will open within that timescale, occupying the building in […]