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Happy herring days on the Stade

It was Hastings’ fifth Herring Fair on the Stade at the weekend. HOT photographer Russell Jacobs was there to sample the sights, smells, cookery demos and musical delights.

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Local pub signs and 1066

Inspired by the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, pub historians David and Lynda Russell decided to delve into the history of pub signs connected to the epoch-making events of 1066. Members of the Pub History Society, they have been diligently researching pubs around Hastings and further afield since 2007. Here are the results of their original research. Text by David Russell, photos by Lynda Russell.

Taking aim. The archer's accuracy determines whether the chess player can make the desired move.

Victory for black team in chess-archery contest

Team Rasa with the black pieces triumphed in the second Hastings Chess-Archery Contest held at Horntye Park in late October. The event, which brings together two sporting activities with a long tradition in Hastings, was deemed a success by all and will hopefully become an annual fixture. Nick Terdre reports. Photos by Pam Thomas.

The chess archery trophy, which includes a replica of the target divided into segments for the different types of chessman.

Chess archery challenge at Horntye

With the Battle of Hastings firmly in mind, chess and archery have joined forces to present a new sporting challenge: chess archery. Nick Terdre reports.

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Rain fails to quench bonfire spirits

As darkness fell on Saturday evening and the annual torchlight procession set off, it seemed that the heavy rain which had been falling since late afternoon would drown out the proceedings, or at least quench people’s spirits. However, bonfire society folk are made of sterner stuff, and although many got soaked and some torches were extinguished, in the end the rain ceased halfway through the procession, allowing all and sundry to enjoy the bonfire and fireworks display. HOT photographer Russell Jacobs kept his camera dry and documented the event. 

Posted 19:51 Monday, Oct 17, 2016 In: Hastings People Tags: , ,
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When Toby met Amber

Will's poster - made with much heart love

He saw, he swam, he cone-quered

A few days ago, William The Cone-queror, aka William Stevens, he of the famous ice-cream bicycle who literally peddles his wares (Di Paulo’s ice cream from Bexhill) along our seafront promenade and at local events, achieved his goal of swimming from Royal Sovereign Lighthouse to St Leonards’ beach by Azur. All in the name of charitable goodWill, raising money for The Seaview Project and FSN. HOT’s Zelly Restorick asks him some questions about himself and his successful but exhausting mission.

The Big Sleep Hastings 2016

This week! Rough sleeping for Seaview

This Friday, it’s The Big Sleep Hastings 2016 – with the goal to raise more funds for the Seaview Project than last year (£23,000) – and simultaneously raise awareness of homelessness. HOT’s Zelly Restorick takes up the HOT Big Sleep baton from last year’s cardboard citizen, Nick Terdre. She’ll be joining up with the many other one-night-insomniacs who’re taking part in the experience, united by spending the night in a cardboard city at the Stade.

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