It's Hastings Week this week. Celebrating the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings on 14th October. It used to be just one day of activities to mark the occasion but has grown over the years into a week-long celebration of art, music, sport, events and exhibitions.
The weather was glorious all over the weekend so we spent a leisurely afternoon in the Old Town on Saturday having lunch with friends then strolling around the shops in George Street and the High Street, and along the seafront.
Then yesterday we walked Small Dog all along the seafront, which was thronged with people, some of whom had come a long way to see the fire-ravaged pier. We picked up a few pieces of charred wood on the promenade and sat at various vantage points to take in the now almost unrecognisable view.
PP is a Hastings girl born and bred, and in the 70's attended many of the concerts on the pier, of bands who are now world famous so it was interesting to tune into many conversations between visitors, relating their personal pier experiences.
Coincidentally, there was also a timely online Guardian article yesterday, extolling the virtues of Hastings, which is well worth a read.