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A PUNTER from Hastings lost £50,000 after wrongly backing boxer Carl Froch to beat Mikkel Kessler. William Hill said it was the single biggest bet on a bout ever in 1066 Country and the unnamed gambler would have won £105,000.

POPULAR runner Reg Wild was given a Mayoral Award after devoting 35 years to the local sports community. The 71-year-old of Upper Church Road, St Leonards, said: “I was unbelievably proud and very humbled.”

BOOZED-up revellers hurled bottles at rubbish collectors and kicked footballs at policemen as the May Day celebrations once again ended on a sour note. Over-exuberant youngsters gathered at Butlers Gap after Jack-in-the-Green, turning George Street into a virtual no-go area.

MICHAEL Foster bowed out after 13 years as Hastings’s MP after the Labour candidate lost to Conservative rival Amber Rudd. The Observer released an election day supplement for the first time and kept locals up to date with a live blog from the count. It was not all bad for Labour – the party regained control of Hastings Borough Council.

KIM Forward was named the new Mayor of Hastings, replacing Maureen Charlesworth after the Conservative spent four years in the job. Former teacher Cllr Forward was unveiled at the council’s Mayor Making ceremony. Cllr Alan Roberts was named deputy.

THE Observer handed the new council a 3,000-word plus petition urging the authority to begin working with the Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust to rescue Hastings Pier. The online petition was part of the paper’s Save Our Pier campaign.

Sporting highlight: Michael Yardy celebrated helping England to Twenty20 World Cup glory – scoring 21 runs in an impressive seven-wicket win over Australia in the final.