Set up in 2005 by local people disenchanted with the Council (not unlike HIP a decade later) this magazine spread its literary net far beyond politics to encompass history, poetry, fiction and cartoons. Initially financed by Graham Frost, owner of Boulevard Books, it aimed to celebrate Hastings life and attracted contributors ranging from local characters to George Melly.

Sadly there was insufficient advertising revenue to support the production costs of a colour printing (another problem HIP knows only too well) and after just nine issues The Hastings Trawler ceased publication.

Copies are now rare collector’s items, however back issues can be accessed digitally: (link may need to be cut and pasted, alter the last digit for each edition)

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