Hastings should make more of its TV heritage

From: Adam Hughes, Kettles Lane, Dublin

Friday, 31st July 2020, 7:47 am
John Logie Baird in 1940. He was born on August 13 1888. PRESS ASSOCIATION

In York Gardens, on the sign that says ‘Welcome to Queens Arcade’, it says ‘Birthplace of Television’.

The invention of television changed the world, but here we have a measly little reference to John Logie Baird in what has to be one of the grubbiest back streets in Hastings.

Why does the council always fail to capitalise on the town’s history?

How many times has Hastings Pier been bought and sold, refurbished and scrapped.

Currently Hastings pier is nothing but a series of planks fixed to a steel frame.

It has absolutely nothing to offer except a bar with endless rows of wooden benches .

As a piece of history that goes back a century the pier is nothing short of a laughing stock now.

Hastings is a deprived area. I live in Dublin now but I still take quite an interest in my hometown, where my family still lives.

Hastings has so much historical value which could and should be brought to the fore and capitalised on.

But it never seems to happen. Projects dwindle and ideas turn to nothing, new ventures for growth promise so much but rarely deliver.

Hastings must do better than this if it wants to truly thrive.

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