Old Town stalwart Dee Day White was chosen to be the recipient of this year’s Order of 1066 award.
The award is presented each year during Hastings Week in recognition of services to the community.
Dee Day was the driving force behind the restoration of the lifeboat Priscilla Macbean, which is now proudly displayed at the bottom of Old London Road.
Dee Day, who was born on June 6 1944 - the date of the Allied invasion of Europe - has cleaned up and improved man overlooked and untidy corners of the Old Town, transforming them into eye-catching features.
He was presented with the award by Mayor Cllr Bruce Dowling at a special ceremony at the Town Hall last week.
Previous winners of the award have included the late Derek Norcross, a former head master and charity campaigner; Hastings Bonfire and Jack in the Green founder Keith Leech and local marathon runner Eric Hardwick.
Dee Day was born in the Old Town, in All Saints Street.
He first went fishing as a 14 year old, before doing a variety of different jobs, including working for the council on sea defence work.
From the age of 17 he helped at Winkle Club parties and also helped build the Winkle Club’s carnival float, and helped organise their annual supper.
Dee Day has a long-standing involvement with the High Street Traders’ Association. He was very much involved in organising the first High Street Traders’ street party, and many subsequent High Street Traders events.
Dee Day turned the dilapidated area at Reeves Corner (on the corner of High Street and Courthouse Street) into a maritime garden, providing most of the equipment himself. He still continues to arrange the floral displays there.
He then started on the construction of a series of mini gardens and floral displays throughout the Old Town, including the giant wheelbarrow of flowers in the Bourne, the small boat garden at the northern end of Brewery Yard, various tubs of giant flowers in High Street and Courthouse Street and the little dinghy of flowers which has recently appeared in The Bourne.
Hr organises numerous events in Old Town Carnival Week, raising money for local charities and good causes, including the whelk-eating contest, ‘Penny Lane’ (collecting for RNLI), the Crown Lane cycle race and seaboot race.
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