Brett MacLean: A week that showed how history lives in the institutions of Hastings

Opinion with Brett McLean SUS-151007-132038001
Opinion with Brett McLean SUS-151007-132038001

My name is Brett McLean and I am a business and community leader who was born and bred here within the Borough of Hastings and St. Leonards and this is my opinion!

The past week has had a historical significance the first event being the attendance at the VJ Day anniversary in Alexandra Park where I was delighted to join representatives from the Council including The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Hastings, Hon Freeman of the Borough of Hastings Pam Brown OBE and a number of veteran ‘s.

The delegation joined by members of the public were adament that the fallen would not be forgotten.

It was also noted that a regular standard bearer although absent was not forgotten, that being community stalwart Max Scard who sadly passed away earlier this year, the highly decorated standard bearer with medals and badges was always happy to serve his Country and in later years his local community.

I had the privilege of attending a Lions Club meeting recently held at the White Rock Hotel where the club donated over £2,000 to local good causes to enhance the quality of groups and individuals lives.

Following the official business a fellow Lions Club member from the Kings Meadow Lions Club of Launceston, Tazmania in Australia addressed the meeting.

Derek Fellows was welcomed by the Hastings Lions Club President Mike Scott and a brief history of both clubs was exchanged.

Dereks late grandfather was Alderman William James Fellows JP who held the position of The Rt. Worshipful The Mayor of Hastings 90 year’s ago and held the position of Mayor four times and was Chairman of a number of Council committee’s and charitable trusts aimed at supporting the poorest children of the Borough.

Finally, I was delighted in my capacity as Chairman of East Sussex County Councils Economic Advisory Board and as an Ambassador for Locate East Sussex to attend the official opening of a new business in Havelock Road called The Property Pad.

Gemma Dearman who is the Director of this new residential and lettings agency took over the derelict former Chats Cafe at 53 Havelock Road and transformed the interior office space in to a modern, trendy and quirky environment which is extremely pleasing to those passing by whilst tidying up the exterior resulting in a breath of fresh air coming to Havelock Road.

I am sure she will have many years of happy and successful trading ahead of her.

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