Talk on Hastings as popular seaside destination

Biddy the Tubman
Biddy the Tubman

Local historian Ken Brooks will be hosting an illustrated talk about Hastings as a popular seaside resort on today (August 10).

Entitled Beside the Seaside, the talk will focus on the transition of Hastings from a fishing village to a popular holiday resort, which began when doctors started to recommend the benefits of sea air and sea water.

Taking a nostalgic look at seaside attractions from Victorian times to the 20th century, images will include bathing machines, minstrels, paddle steamers, the Pier and Biddy the Tubman. During the early 1900s, a number of local fishermen entertained themselves and their friends by sailing close to the beach in tubs, including these was Alfred (Biddy) Stonham, whose acrobatic tricks made him very popular with holidaymakers.

His favourite stunt was to stand on the rim of his tub and using a single paddle he would spin the tub round faster and faster until he fell into the sea. Booking advised. £3 for adults and £2 for children. To book call 01424 426459.

The talk starts at 2.30pm at the Shipwreck Museum, Rock-a-Nore Road.