Museum calls for Olympic memorabilia

SPORTS enthusiasts are invited to share their photos and memories of past Olympics, Paralympics and local sporting events and clubs for an exhibition next summer.

Hastings Museum is planning the event as part of the London 2012 Olympics celebrations.

Cllr John Hodges, chairman of the museum committee, said: “Although we have a large archive of our own, we are sure that there are other fascinating photos and stories out there, which we’re very keen to hear about.

“We are concentrating on three main aspects: the 1910 Hastings Olympics – yes, there really was one. Mind you, most of the events wouldn’t be recognised as sports today, and included such challenges as climbing the greasy pole.

“There will be a series of large photo panels featuring sports through the decades in Hastings and St Leonards.

“The London 2012 Olympics will feature 26 sports including archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling.

“So if you’ve got photos of your granddad playing table tennis, your auntie doing the high-jump or even photos of yourself, we would love to see them, recent as well as vintage ones.

“Finally, there will be a case display of Olympic memorabilia and we are keen to include material relating to all Olympic Games.”

Anyone with photos and memorabilia can bring them to the museum on Saturday, January 14, Tuesday, February 14 or Wednesday, March 14 where staff will be on hand to scan and make notes of documents.

If anyone prefers to make an appointment, email charvey@hastings.gov.uk or ring 01424 451904.