Civic greetings have been exchanged between two Hastings, literally half a world apart.
Stuart Rumsey, an architect from Hastings, East Sussex, recently visited Hastings, New Zealand, visiting the area as his son was getting married in the country.
Commenting on his trip, Stuart said: “It was great to visit a different Hastings!
“One of their councillors, Kevin Watkins, gave us a morning to take us out and about and I must say there is a lot of ‘out and about’ to see too.
“They have some of New Zealand’s best wineries there and vast fruit growing areas.
The size is amazing. Hastings Council is over three times as big as Hastings in East Sussex. It is hard to believe, but it is vast.
“I passed on the letter and gift from our mayor, Cllr Bruce Dowling, and have also received in return their crest, mounted on a wooden shield, which I was pleased to present to Cllr Dowling on my return.
“I was also shown around the council chamber and the mayor’s office and was shown a plaque mounted on the wall there, from HBC to their council after the war, in thanks for their support, and gifts to this town during those difficult times. It really was quite moving.”
Cllr Bruce Dowling, Mayor of Hastings (East Sussex!), added :- “It is great that we are able to keep in touch with our namesake town, on the other side of the world.
Hastings, New Zealand is somewhere I have always wanted to visit myself and hope that, one day, I will be able to.
“I am grateful to the mayor of Hastings New Zealand for the plaque, which I have now put in the mayor’s parlour here in the town hall.”
Hastings, New Zealand, is the larger of the two major urban areas in Hawke’s Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand.
It is one of New Zealand’s largest red wine producing areas.
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