2010 REVIEW OF THE YEAR: August

Hastings creates a world record for most pirates in one spot
Hastings creates a world record for most pirates in one spot

A PIONEER in the fight to secure the vote for women was finally commemorated in her adopted home of Hastings. Muriel Matters moved to 1066 Country from Australia and chained herself to a grille in the House of Commons as well as flying a Votes For Women blimp over the capital. A blue plaque on her old home in Pelham Place was unveiled by Frances Bedord - and MP from Australia.

BUNGLING busker Dean Langley was panned by magistrates after singing the same two songs over and over again for two hours. Langley, 29, of St Andrews Square, bored shoppers in George Street with his repetitive renditions of Oasis hit Wonderwall and singalong classic American Pie.

SION Jenkins - the man who served six years for the murder of schoolgirl Billie-Jo Jenkins - was told he would not receive a penny in compensation despite being acquitted of the crime.

HASTINGS was named the pirate capital of the world after more than 6,000 people ganged together on the seafront decked out in pirate fancy dress.

A PUB landlord hit out at Hastings Borough Council after killjoy council staff complained about the winged skull mural painting on his bar. Paul Osmond, who runs The Tubman, got students from a local art project to decorate his pub. After the Observer stepped in, the council agreed to let the art stay.

ART fans were buzzing after a Banksy painting appeared on St Leonards seafront. Hundreds of people flocked to the beach to catch a glimpse of the work from the world famous street artist.

Sporting highlight: Opening bat Tom Harvey notched 135 for Hastings Priory in a hard-fought win over Sussex Development XI. His innings was described by one team-mate as “the best innings by a Priory batsmen in years”.