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Plans to save old post office

Work is underway to restore a former post office in Hastings to its former glory.

Hastings council issued warnings to improve the condition of the Old Halton Post Office in Priory Road but when these were not complied with legal action was taken.

The building remains semi-derelict.

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How the Old Halton Post Office in Hastings looks now..... Credit: Hastings Borough Council
Hastings, Sussex, post office
....and how it looked back then. Credit: Hastings Borough Council

Cllr Peter Chowney, lead member for regeneration said: "We are very keen to resolve this issue as the property occupies one of the most prominent positions in the town.

"The Old Halton Post Office may have reverted to property of the ‘Crown’ and we are working closely with our legal teams to ascertain the situation and if indeed this is the case to put pressure on the ‘Crown’ to do something useful with the property.

"It has been in this state of disrepair for many years which is frustrating as potential interested purchasers have made enquiries about the site."

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Patrol vessel joins dockyard celebrations

HMS Blazer, Chatham, Royal Navy
HMS Blazer will be visiting Chatham this weekend Credit: Chatham Historic Dockyard

HMS Blazer will be visiting Chatham for the first time this weekend.

The P2000 Archer Class Patrol vessel will add to the Royal Navy support of the OCelot 50 celebrations at the Historic Dockyard.

The event will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the launch of HM Submarine Ocelot, the last warship built for the Royal Navy at Chatham Dockyard.

It also martked the end of more than 400 years of shipbuilding at the dockyard for the Royal Navy.

UK football song reaches no 1 in USA

With an International football tournament just around the corner - the battle off the pitch for the nation's favourite football song - has already begun.

One group from Portsmouth - L and O Music - have already made it big in America with their track 'Now Everybody Stand in Line'.

The single is at number one in a US dance chart and they hope it'll become the country's Euro anthem. Inspired by moves seen on the football pitch - it'll be released here later this month.

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