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Eddi Reader Photo by Genieveve Stevenson

Eddi Reader comes to St Mary in the Castle

Eddi Reader singing the line ‘It’s got to be perfect’ from Fairgound Attraction’s hit single Perfect had a profound impact on my life in 1989, when it was the UK number one single, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick.


wellbeing from singing in a choir

Tune in to a new you!

Is it time to make a change for the better?

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Arab stallion Photo from Findwallpaper.info

Brian’s ride to London

A poignant true story for horse lovers everywhere!


'Private Peaceful', written by Michael Morpurgo

Private Peaceful comes to the White Rock

Private Peaceful, written by award-winning author of War Horse and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo, tells the story of a young soldier in World War I, who awaits the firing squad at dawn.


John Knowles in Bottle Alley

Closer, concrete cancer and a colossus

Bumped into HOT’s John Knowles at Stuart Griffith’s ‘CLOSER’ private view at Sussex Coast College, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick and discovered some interesting news about the town and a new meaning to a well-used word. 

Concrete cancer 

My eyes were drawn to the T shirt that John was wearing, stating loudly and clearly, ‘Bottle Alley For All’.


The jackup construction barge on the east side of the pier.

Jackup barge comes to pier’s assistance

Storm damage to Hastings pier has necessitated the assistance of a jackup construction barge to assist with preparing for the removal of the ballroom at the end of the pier.


Nina Cosford.

Artists rally round for HIP fundraiser

Hastings Independent Press, now in its 14th edition after launching in February, is staging a fund-raising auction of local art on Tuesday at The Crown pub on All Saints Street.


UtterJazz featuring Ruthie Culver, Jonny Gee, Mick Foster, Dan Hewson and Andrea Trillo

Look, Stranger, what do you hear?

A highlight of the Battle Arts and Music Festival this October will be a ‘vibrant new look’ at the music of Benjamin Britten – jazz arrangements that weave swing, samba, blues and grooves through the ‘stunning melodies and harmonies’ and point to the the very formative period  of Britten’s life when he, as a 22 year-old in the 1930s, meets the older man, W H Auden,  and there follows a most productive collaboration and a sexual awakening, writes Chris Cormack.


Behind the new bench, from left, Alan and Fiona Wright, mayor Cllr Bruce Dowling, deputy mayor Cllr Judy Rogers and Jake Bowers.

Peace bench dedicated in the sunshine

On a bright sunny day, with the breeze rustling the leaves in the surrounding trees, the new bench in Alexandra Park Peace Garden was unveiled last Sunday by the mayor.


Image of Agafya Lykova

Solitude in Siberia

Agafya Lykova is a 70 year old woman who was born into isolation in the Siberian forest, where she has lived, 150km away from the nearest town, for her entire life.

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Centenary celebration of Robert Tressell’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Robert Tressell Centenary Event

Robert Tressell Centenary Event

This seminal book is as relevant today as it ever was, and Otherwords Productions are organising a free fundraising event to raise awareness of Robert Tressell and the important role the Ragged Trousered Philanthropists has played in  our social history, both home and abroad. Organiser Tara Reddy describes the event to HOT reporter Cathy Simpson.

‘Celebrating Robert Tressell has totally captured the imagination of the Hastings community – and this has been reflected in fantastic responses from speakers and artists wanting to involve themselves in an informative and lively event!

Hastings Mayor Bruce Dowling will be opening the show with the Pop-up event in Robertson street at 2pm; following through to an evening event at 6pm in Carlisle Pub.

The event will celebrate 100 years of Robert Tressells book The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists!

Set in a seaside town call Mugsborough, the novel is a classic example of working class literature. The story still rings true today, and many of the landmarks in the book can be discovered in Hastings town itself… so join us, hand in hand with Robert Tressell.

The day will be filled with pop up stalls, music, word, song and art workshops for kids and adults alike!

We have a great line up with Attilla the Stockbroker, Tyson Dogg, Steve Finnerty, Salina Godden, Bryan McMahon, Steve Peak, Martin Chomsky and international journalist Nadine Ghouri.

We are showing the film debut of Shut out the Light.

Urban Bikes are doing a Ragged Trousered Parade at 6pm.

Ed Boxall is facilitating an art and story telling workshop; Joy Hoi Poloi is doing a bunting workshop; Juliette Dodd has made a fab face through which you can have your photo taken… and just in case you haven’t made enough of a fool of yourself,
Cathy Simpson will be drawing caricatures.’

This fantastic event – as well as being a celebration! – is also a fundraiser to create a permanent memorial to Robert Tressell. And don’t forget, his book is available from many local outlets, including St Leonards Central and Hastings Tourist Information Centre.

Posted 12:42 Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 In: Arts & Culture

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