I’d like to thank Graham How for reminding me of the slogan ‘Popular with visitors since 1066’, which Hastings Tourist department used extensively in the 1960s.
There are some good events and exhibitions in the pipeline for the 950th anniversary.
Hastings Week will have a community parade with Saxon and Norman giants on 15th Oct, and many other events.
From June 25 Hastings Museum has its The Story of Hastings in 66 Objects exhibition;
The History House (Courthouse St, open 11-4 Thurs-Sun) is running a powerpoint presentation of the Hastings Embroidery’s 81 scenes, all in colour, and Hastings Local History Group is having several meetings there on 1066-related themes (open to the public, but please book a place).
Additionally, HLHG is publishing a booklet, 1066-2016: The Battle of Hastings’ 950th Anniversary, containing ideas suitable for individuals and groups, large or small, to commemorate the events of 1066.
It has the historical background, along with information on Anglo-Saxon society, including food and clothes, to help people to be as authentic as they wish.
One of my suggestions was that all the main road entrances to the town should have some sign of the 950th anniversary.
For example, the brick boat at Bulverhythe could be given a sail, flag, shields etc.
The booklet is 32 pages long, A5, and priced to sell at £1; it will soon be on sale at the History House, Hastings Museum, Bookbusters, and Horntye Park Sports Complex; also at the Hastings Half Marathon, Race Reception, on March 20, and on their website. We’re hoping other local charities will stock it, to help raise funds for their good causes.
Any local charity that is interested, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hon Secretary HLHG
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