A trip to Hastings and St Leonards

This weekend marked the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and so in true Sussex style they stage a torchlit procession through Hastings.

It isn’t that easy to get there from London, but it is a very pretty journey. After a bit of a march from the station, down the seafront and on to the old town we stationed ourselves at the Jenny Lind pub. She was an opera singer, named the “Swedish Nightingale”, apparently she was one of the best known entertainers in 19th century Europe… Anyway it was a very nice pub and incredibly busy on Saturday night.

So we settled in with our pints of Sussex ale, I drank Long Blonde from the Long Man Brewery, lemon, fruity and refreshing, as they state on the website. Then the procession began which was loud with drummers and flaming torches. A real spectacle. It wasn’t as anarchic as the Battle bonfire procession where they set off bangers in the street. A great thing to see.




Here is a Norman, quite a lot of them about…


So after the procession we went down to the seafront to watch the amazing fireworks, but not before we got some chips. Not a very healthy night out…but lots of fun.

If you want to go to a bonfire procession there is one taking place in Battle on 5th November and also in Lewes.



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