Cultural regeneration plan for 1066 Country

LINKING cultural regeneration to the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings was one of the actions points to come out of the second cultural symposium held at Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion.

The first was held before the Hastings and 1066 bid for UK City of Culture 2017 was submitted, and despite the fact the bid was unsuccessful, more than 60 people attended the event organised by Hastings Borough Council on Monday (July 15).

Council leader Jeremy Birch said: “I was very pleased at both the turnout and the really positive messages that came out of the morning.

“It would have been very easy for attendees to have been downhearted because we weren’t shortlisted, but nothing could be further from the truth.

“We have already got a huge amount out of our City of Culture bid, and one thing is certain- we will harness the incredible enthusiasm and support that has been present throughout the process to ensure that there is a long-lasting legacy to our work . My colleagues and I are now reflecting upon the many points to come out of the symposium, and discussing how best to take them forward.

“We are committed to linking the cultural regeneration programme to 2016 and the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings as this will provide us with a national stage to display the artistic and cultural quality our area has to offer.

“Also we want to make concrete plans for linking our cultural activists to local schools, taking the creative message to the new generation.”