After 83 years stalwart bids farewell to Hastings

Moira Hornsey, St Leonards on Sea. SUS-150921-163612001
Moira Hornsey, St Leonards on Sea. SUS-150921-163612001

After 83 years in Hastings, community stalwart Moira Hornsey is having to leave because she cannot live by herself anymore.

The former Miss Hastings has been involved in town activities for years, having being born here in 1932.

But now she is going to live with her granddaughter in Radstock, Somerset, as she needs more help and cannot live independently anymore.

Moira has a flat on the seafront and said she will miss the sea breeze.

“My health is not all that good so I decided to call it to a halt to living here,” she said.

“I’ve got to the stage now where I can’t get around like I used to, I can drive but I can’t walk very well.

“Radstock is a lovely place but it’s not the seaside, when it gets into your bones you can’t help but love it.

“I love Hastings and I’m going to miss it – I love being right on the seafront.

“I can see the sea and I can watch the fishing boats got out.”

Moira has also been a weather girl, she’s welcomed the race drivers from Monte Carlo, the head corsetiere at Debenhams and was a manager of a pub in Brighton.

She said she used to host foreign students who stayed in Hastings and is still in touch with many of them.

As a final farewell, Moira is inviting her friends and anyone who would like to say goodbye to Debenhams on Thursday, October 8.

“I’ve got a lot of friends in Hastings and this is a nice way to say goodbye,” she said.

“I want to thank all the people that have been on this journey through my life, everybody from my doctor at Roebuck Surgery who I have been going to since I was 16.

“There are such a lot of lovely people who have helped me over the years – without the help life isn’t worth living.

“They have all helped me stay in Hastings for so long.”

Moira has collected many souvenirs from her time in Hastings but unfortunately has to give some away as she cannot take them with her.

“It’s been quite a life, both good and bad, I lost my mum when I was 14, that was devastating but I had my sister who is a good egg.

“She’s in a rest home so I won’t be able to see her quite so much.”

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