Town to vote on statue’s future

LOCAL historians and volunteers from the Hastings History House are calling on the town’s residents to vote on the future of the historic Prince Albert statue.

Tomorrow (July 5), residents will be able to vote over whether the statue should be relocated in the town centre, remain where it is or moved to another location.

Currently housed in the dilapidated greenhouse in Alexandra Park, the statue was once part of a 20-metre clock tower at the junction of Havelock Road and Robertson Street. It was erected to commemorate the death of Prince Albert who died of typhoid in December 1861. But after two fires destroyed the clock tower in 1973, the surviving statue was moved to the greenhouse, where it has been ever since.

Volunteers and historians believe it is time the statue be returned to the town centre. Steven Whitford, a volunteer from Hastings History House, said: “I feel the statue belongs to the town centre, to where the memorial clock tower used to stand and even though it is rather ugly I feel that the Town Hall and the Priory Meadow Shopping Centre are the proper place for it to stand. It shouldn’t be wasted where it is, it needs to be seen if people want to see it. It belongs to the town so let the people decide whether they want it back on view.”

To have your say visit Priory Meadow Shopping Centre tomorrow, 9am-5.30pm, where volunteers and historians will also be on hand to answer any questions.