Group set up to fund Hastings statue relocation

A mock-up of how the Prince Albert statue would look outside the town hall
A mock-up of how the Prince Albert statue would look outside the town hall

A heritage group has been created to raise money for the relocation of a Prince Albert statue in Hastings.

The Albert Statue Group needs £5,000 to pay for the statue to be moved to outside the town hall as well as a new pedestal and information board.

It is currently stored in a greenhouse in a service yard in Alexandra Park but the group hopes to move it behind the ramped access to the Community Contact Centre.

It was consented by the Government’s planning inspectorate in November and Hastings Borough Council support the project but it must be funded from outside its budget.

A Portland stone pedestal will be provided by JF Stoneworks of Battle.

An information board, giving a concise history of the statue, is also being installed, funded by the great, great granddaughter of the statue’s sculptor Kelly Stirling and her family, who live in California.

Donations for the project should be sent to the Albert Statue Group c/o Hastings Voluntary Action, Jackson Hall, Portland Place, Hastings, TN34 1QN.

Cheques to be made payable to Hastings Voluntary Action, if acknowledgement of the donation is required, enclose a SAE.

Should donations exceed the amount required for the Albert Statue project, the surplus will be put towards another heritage project.

If the Albert Statue project doesn’t come to fruition, all funds raised will be allocated to another heritage project.

An illustrated booklet, The Story of Albert and his Memorial, has been produced by Brian Lawes and Hastings Local History Group.

This costs £3 and is available from BOOK-BUSTER, 39 Queen’s Road, Hastings.

All proceeds from the sale of the booklet will go towards the project.

For further information, email: .

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