Hastings: something is stirring…

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There’s an edge, a darkness, to Hastings. It’s long been derided as “Smack City” and “Costa del Dole”,  but there are signs that things are changing…

It’s got a strong industrial pedigree, and John Logie Baird invented the television in Hastings…

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It’s home to Europe’s largest onshore fishing fleet…spKBBtOcZHlmjPGaCj1x6fQcNPGDZoUHNuYuITo-z_E

There’s also a Bohemian edge to the town, and the tragic model-entertainer Paula Yates made her home here (the white house on the left)…

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And it has the kind of gorgeous timbered houses that affluent arrivistes pay a fortune for…

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… so inevitably property prices are now soaring…

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But this isn’t just a “Shoreditch-by-Sea” story of incoming money driving up prices and pushing out locals. There’s a new raft of entrepreneurs and economic “catalysts” also emerging, helping to push the town forward…

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Sarah Kowitz (above) is an important figure in the town, who’s galvanised Hastings’ International Piano Concerto Competition and recently brought Oscar-nominated director Mike Figgis to Hastings to make a documentary about the competition…

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… and the seriously impressive Rich Moore (above) with his brother Mark have ambitious plans to reinvent one of Hastings’ most prominent landmarks…

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Kevin Boorman, head of marketing for the town at the local authority, has a deep love for the town and the energy to go with it…

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I think Hastings is a town on the rise, and I’ll be writing a lot more about it in the next couple of months.

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You should go there…