Our town has celebrated the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings annually on the 14th October since 1968, following on from the hugely successful 900th anniversary in 1966.

This year, unusually, the week finished on Hastings Day, and so ran from Saturday 6th until Sunday 14th October.

Cllr Kim Forward, explains: “Hastings Week has grown and grown over the years, and now includes a wide range of activities. Some are organised by the council, but many, like the fantastic torchlight procession, bonfire and fireworks, are organised by volunteers…I can’t list all of them, but they include the classic car show, itself now a classic, the vintage motorbike and commercial vehicle shows, numerous talks and tours, and, of course, the 66th national town criers championship on Saturday, with prizes generously donated by the Hastings & St Leonards Society. I was really pleased this year that the winner was Eliza Mowe, of Barnoldswick, Lancashire, our very first ever female winner.

“One of the last events of the week, on Hastings Day of course, was the Award of the Order of 1066, and I was delighted that it went to Eve Martin, herself a former councillor here, and great community champion…So a great week, and I must once again thank everyone involved with helping to organise it, particularly the very many volunteers.”

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