2010 REVIEW OF THE YEAR: December

Hastings endured the coldest December for 120 years
Hastings endured the coldest December for 120 years

ARCTIC conditions brought the town to a standstill as more than a foot of snow fell.

Temperatures plummeted to lows of -10C as schools were closed, train passengers stranded and pensioners stuck as prisoners in their own homes.

THE council agreed to adopt new, tighter controls to regulate lapdancing clubs.

They decided a special adult entertainment licence would be needed of the sort that covers sex shops and porn cinemas.

COUNCIL bosses announced that the town faced a grim future of cuts to its services as the Government slashed funding it receives.

Hastings Borough Council will get 18.1 per cent less money from Whitehall this year than it did in 2010 and 30.7 per cent less culminatively over the next two years.

THE controversial decision to allow universities to triple tuition fees was defended by the town’s MP Amber Rudd.

She said: “Nobody should be put off by the costs. They only start to pay them back when they begin to earn a decent salary.”

Before the decision was made more than 150 angry students marched through Hastings town centre in protest against the plans.

ST Leonards resident Roland Orchard scooped £5,050 after waging £50 at odds of 100-1 that a 50-year-old train he had chartered would run late as a result of bad weather.

Mr Orchard booked the 1957 Olympia Express to ferry a non-profit train preservation group to the Olympia Horse Show in Kensington.

TRIBUTES were paid to sporting champion Tyrone Wildman, who died suddenly aged 59.

He was a much-loved and well-known bodybuilder and cricketer and became widely respected for his sporting achievements in 1066 Country and beyond.

Sporting highlight: Hastings United appointed their new manager Jason Hopkinson following Tony Dolby’s decision to step down.

He has been handed the task of halting a dreadful run of results which sees the club facing a fight against relegation.