Observer Comment: 2012... an action-packed and promising year

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AS another year draws to a close it is always exciting to take a peep over the news parapet to see what lies ahead.

And what an action-packed and promising new year 2012 looks set to be.

The summer promises to be the pinnacle of the year as the Olympic Torch comes to town sparking a day of historic celebration.

Council leader Jeremy Birch promised a “day to remember” as the Torch is displayed here before moving on to herald the start of the biggest showcase on earth, the Olympic Games.

Plans are already under way for the event which is a golden opportunity to sell our town to the world.

Art lovers from across the country are expected to flock to the much anticipated opening of the Jerwood Gallery.

The state-of-the-art £4 million building is set to open on March 17 and help cement our town as a haven for art and expression.

The Hastings Half Marathon will be packed to the high hills with more charity champions than ever in March.

One of the groups spearheading the charge to look after our local needy is the tireless Trojans who called themselves HSGC, Hollington Sports for Good Causes.

And with just over a year under their belts the group is looking forward to establishing itself as a registered charity.

Art lovers from across the country are expected to flock to the much-anticipated opening of the Jerwood Gallery.

The state-of-the-art £4 million building is set to open on March 17 and help cement our town as a haven for art, culture and expression.

Another exciting development is The Lido plan for St Leonards which is fine example of community regeneration and reclamation.

An event and cafe culture venue could transform the seafront and help rival anything rival South Coast resorts can offer.

And the icing on the cake will hopefully be the transfer of our most famous landmark to the custody of those hard-working members at the Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust.

The rebirth of the pier is tantalisingly close and supporters say they can almost smell the candy floss and popcorn. Roll up, roll up 2012!