‘Hackney Heroine’ to visit town Saturday

A woman dubbed the Hackney Heroine for standing up to rioters in 2011 is visiting town tomorrow (Saturday).

Pauline Pearce was thrust into the limelight during the riots in London four years ago after she was filmed waving her walking stick at looters and remonstrating at them for ruining their own neighbourhood.

She will be speaking at Blacklands Church Hall tomorrow at 3pm.

The event is open to the public and entry is by donation for the Seaview Project, based at the Southwater Centre in St Leonards.

Nick Perry, Lib Dem candidate for Hastings and Rye, who will be interviewing Pauline, said: “I am delighted that we will be able to welcome Pauline to Hastings on Saturday.

“I will be asking her about whether life has changed for her since being thrown into the national media spotlight during the riots and what she thinks is crucial when trying to regenerate an area.

“Pauline will also be wanting to engage with leaders of the black and minority ethnic (BME) community here, and ask them about their perspectives on life in Hastings and St Leonards. It should be a fascinating afternoon. Everyone is welcome.”