2010 REVIEW OF THE YEAR: July

BROKEN-hearted relatives spoke to the Observer about the appalling state of the children’s cemetery. One parents said of the overgrown patch: “It is absolutely disgusting. Nobody seems to care for it at all.”

IT was a case of cheers, beers and a treat for the ears as thousands headed to Hastings Beer and Music Festival in Alexandra Park. Among the acts who appeared were Hastings’s own jazz legend Liane Carroll and singer-songwriter Blair MacKichan. More than £1,500 was raised for charity.

A UFO expert heading from 1066 Country to Westminster to urge David Cameron to open up Britain’s X Files. Malcolm Robinson, who lives in the Old Town, is considered a world authority on the paranormal.

WITH the local fishing fleet continuingly threatened by EU quotas, the Observer tracked down the town - and the country’s - oldest fisherman. Doug White began going to sea aged just 14 but still helps out at the ripe old age of 85.

A PAINTING by a St Leonards street artist was given to US President Barack Obama. The work by Ben Eine (the man responsible for the Prince Charles mural in Norman Road and the shutter sign letters) was a present from David Cameron.

Sporting highlight: Elise Lovell became Hastings Athletic Club’s first Avia English School’s Champion in two decades. The Helenswood pupil struck gold in the senior girls long jump.