Inside this week’s Hastings Observer (February 24)

Hastings Observer front page, 24-02-17 SUS-170224-103710001
Hastings Observer front page, 24-02-17 SUS-170224-103710001

This week’s edition of the Hastings Observer is on sale today (Friday, February 24) and here’s what you can find inside:

We lead on the full council meeting on Wednesday evening (February 22), which saw the Ore Valley public toilets saved from closure, but confirmation Harold Place facilities would be shut down. The paper includes initial reaction to the decision, as well as other reports from the council budget discussion.

The paper also features a piece on the Friends of Fia, a community group raising funds for a four-year-old girl with a life-limiting illness, enabling her to create as many happy memories as she can with her family.

In other heart-warming news, Hastings Pier hosted its first wedding ceremony at the weekend. We speak to the lucky groom and feature some photographs from the couple’s special day.

Murderer Christopher Hunnisett features in this week’s edition after taking a case to the High Court stating her rights as a transgender woman are being violated after performing a home-made sex change operation in prison.

Other news includes the closure of a school’s swimming pool after more than 50 years of serving the community, a Respond Academy graduate who represented Great Britain at the Cave Ice Carving World Championships 2017 in Finland, and a local woman who was savaged by a dog backing a national campaign to see more support given to victims of such attacks.

In health news this week, a GP surgery in Hastings has remained in special measures after a visit from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and a stroke survivor spreads the message about acting FAST. We also run a two-page interview with Dr Adrian Bull, chief executive of the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, speaking after the trust’s ‘encouraging’ CQC report.

The paper includes two pages of photographs from a hockey camp with Team GB and England international Sam Ward, and a page of photographs from the Music in the Meadow event, which launched the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition.

Nine pages of sport leads on Hastings Observer’s achievement of being the first club in the top eight tiers of English football to score 100 league goals this season.

Ten pages of What’s On listings includes the top ten things to do this weekend, featuring a look at the top events taking place as part of Fat Tuesday.

On top of that, there is the usual court listings, letters pages, puzzles and essential information.

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