Around 120 German students spent last night in Hastings Town Hall, after the continuous snow through the day made many roads in the town impassable this evening. Hastings hosts thousands of language students throughout the year, and their stay is normally trouble free.
But when a large party from Senlac Tours arrived in ten coaches tonight from Berlin, Leipzig and Dresden, many local host families were unable to get to the coach pick-up point, leaving 120 students stranded in sub-zero temperatures.
With no local halls readily available, Hastings Borough Council opened the town hall with volunteer staff, who made tea and coffee for the tired and cold youngsters, who are now bedding down for the night.
I've seen the council chamber used for many things, but never this! But it's great that we've been able to step in and help, and I know the students, their teachers and the coach drivers really appreciate it."