West Hill lift to remain closed for longer than expected

The West Hill lift, the 127-year-old funicular railway connecting George Street to the top of the West Hill in Hastings Old Town, will remain closed for longer than expected. Kevin Boorman, marketing manager for the Hastings Borough Council, explained: “We are very disappointed to learn that the damage to the West Hill lift’s main drive […]

West Hill lift repairs are making ‘wheely’ good progress

The main drive wheel from the West Hill lift has been removed in a carefully planned operation. Councillor Kim Forward, deputy leader of Hastings Borough Council, explained: “At the start of the summer our engineers identified a problem with the main winding wheel of the West Hill lift. The lift is 127 years old and specialist expertise […]

Scene around… The Red Arrows

To commemorate 100 years of the Royal Air Force, Hastings witnessed the magnificent spectacle of the Red Arrows and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight aircraft yesterday afternoon. Conditions were almost perfect and the crowds that gathered on the beach, on the pier and on the east and west hills were not disapponted. Later today, at […]

Morris dancers’ free-ride on West Hill railway

Morris dancers and spectators will get an early morning lift next Tuesday as Hastings Borough Council will be opening the town’s West Hill funicular railway at 4.45am for the ‘dancing at dawn’ event.   Kevin Boorman, the council’s marketing manager, explained: “Morris dancers have ‘danced at dawn’ on  Ladies Parlour on the West Hill on […]