Traders give their shopping arcade a festive makeover

Christmas decorations at the Queens Arcade, Hastings
Christmas decorations at the Queens Arcade, Hastings

TRADERS have worked together to give a forgotten part of the town centre a makeover for the Christmas season.

Queens Arcade has been decorated with banners, columns, and Christmas sculptures, all made out of balloons, which have already attracted positive comments from shoppers.

Several of the arcade’s tenants joined forces to make it happen, including Lee Horwill of Gifts and Giggles party, fancy dress and balloon store, which provided the balloons.

Lee said: “We have kept to the traditional look of the arcade, and for the first time in years the arcade looks like it should do at Christmas.”

He added that whereas once the arcade had been dingy with empty units, they are now all full, and it seemed to have a new lease of life.

He said that several of the traders had received comments from shoppers that Queens Arcade looks the best that it has in years.

The arcade dates back to Victorian times, and was the site of the first public demonstration of television in 1924.