Series of events to be held in town to mark 100th anniversary of WW1

The town will be holding a series of commemorative events over the coming months to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Hastings Borough Council has announced that a number of events are to be held starting from tomorrow (Saturday), where Hastings Museum & Art Gallery will hold Hastings Remembers, an exhibition of local stories of the Great War, which will run until November 16.

On Tuesday (July 29), as part of Hastings Old Town Carnival Week, there will be a Hastings Remembers ‘pop-up’ exhibition in the Old Town Hall Museum, in the High Street.

The war started on August 4, 1914, and a service of reflection will be held at 10am at the war memorial in Alexandra Park, in conjunction with the Royal British Legion on Monday, August 4.

Later that evening at 10pm, Hastings will take part in the national Lights Out initiative. All of the decorative lights on the seafront will turn red, with a single white light moving along them, for one hour.

On Tuesday, August 12 in partnership with Hastings Seniors’ Forum, from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Hastings Museum, there will be a morning of refreshment and entertainment as part of Hastings Remembers.

Later in the autumn a series of talks are to be held at Hastings Museum, including The Last Edwardian Summer on Saturday, September 13; The Quick And The Dead, an illustrated talk by acclaimed historian Richard van Emden at 2pm on Saturday, September 27; and We Will Not Kill - Conscientious Objectors Of The First World War, a talk by local writer and historian Ann Kramer at 2pm on Saturday, November 15.

Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure, said: “We cannot overestimate the significance of the First World War, it literally changed the world. And, of course, it changed the lives of so many local people too, and it is only right that we mark the occasion. I think the programme of events we have put together is excellent. For more detailed information on all of these exhibitions and talks, please get a free leaflet from the museum in John’s Place, the Old Town Hall Museum, or the Tourist Information Centre in Breeds Place. We are especially grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund, without whose help this programme would not have been possible.”