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Team behind Hastings Pier redesign win prize

The team behind the regeneration of Hastings Pier has won the country's most prestigious architectural award - the RIBA Stirling Prize.

The landmark was one of six finalists - including the Chatham Historic Dockyard in Kent. The Sussex pier won for what the judges described as "a seven-year heroic collaboration to turn the smouldering landmark into a vibrant public space". Architects DRMM said they were completely blown away by the win.

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A tale of survival from the night of the Great Storm of 1987

For many people in the South East the night of the Great Storm 30 years ago was the longest and most terrifying night of their lives.

Simon Corby, who was just 22 at the time, was in a hotel in Hastings devastated by the wind.

Incredibly he lived, despite falling through the floor in an avalanche of concrete and rubble when the chimney fell in.

He's been telling Sarah Saunders his remarkable story of survival.


REPORT: 1066 and all that- recreated on anniversary

One of the defining moments of English history has been repeated today at the very same spot.

Hundreds of battle re-enactors came to Battle this weekend to recreate the decisive victory of William the Conqueror in 1066.

Tony Green was there.

Tony spoke to Neil McCollum from English Heritage and re-enactors Ken Kinrade ( King Harold) and Arnaud Le Fevre (William, Duke of Normandy).

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Harbour plans divide opinion

Plan for a new half-billion pound harbour scheme have been revealed for Sussex. Hastings seafront would be changed hugely by the scheme. The council will submit it for formal planning permission later this month, but as Derek Johnson says, not everyone is convinced.

His report contains interviews with Stuart Hamilton a fisherman, with Andrew Doyle from Hastings Harbour Quarter Ltd, and Cllr Peter Chowney the leader of Hastings council.

£500m regeneration plan for Hastings to be unveiled

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A £500 million regeneration plan for Hastings seafront will be unveiled today.

The Hastings Harbour Quarter project will transform the town while preserving and enhancing the town's maritime heritage.

It will also create jobs, extra parking and a working marina for up to 600 vessels.

The project aims to 1,300 homes including those for harbour workers.

A public consultation will be held about the size, location and access arrangements.

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This is truly a transformational potential development for the people of Hastings. The intention is to construct a 'halo' development as an exemplar for seaside towns and communities. We believe that this development will provide many much-needed jobs and continue the regeneration of Hastings which has seen tremendous improvements in the last few years."

– Andrew Doyle, Director, Hastings Harbour Quarter

Farewell to a D-Day hero from Sussex

He was a hero in life and now Fred Milward has been given a hero's farewell.

Fred parachuted into France on D-Day and was the last survivor of a daring raid which probably saved the lives of thousands of soldiers - who were storming the Normandy beaches.

His funeral took place in Hastings.

We speak to his son Richard Milward and daughter Wendy Wells, and to historian Andy Saunders.


Friends shocked and angry over murder of scaffolder

Mystery continues to surround the murder of popular Hastings scaffolder Karl Bunster.

His killer is starting a life sentence but Karl's body has never been found, and the motive for his shooting remains unclear.

Tony Green has been talking to close friends who are shocked by Karl's brutal murder.

Teenage girl raped in Hastings park

A teenage girl has been raped in Sussex.

It happened in Alexandra Park in Hastings.

Police say a 13-year old met a man in the area and was later attacked.

It occurred on the evening of Saturday 22nd July.

We are keen to speak to anyone who was near the park or in the St Helen's Road area during Saturday evening. We are supporting victim and her family while we investigate and would urge anyone with information to get in touch.

– Detective Inspector Ben Newman

Man stabbed to death in Hastings

Man stabbed to death Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A man has been stabbed to death in St Leonards.

A 37-year old was found with serious injuries on Wishing Tree Road.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigation after man stabbed to death Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A section of the street has been cordoned off while forensics investigations are carried out.

A 21-year-old man from London was arrested in Clyde Road on suspicion of murder.

He remains in police custody at this stage.

Road sealed off after mans stabbed to death Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Story of fire at Hastings Pier - 100 years ago today - retold

One hundred years ago Hastings Pier was ravaged by fire, almost a century before the 2010 blaze which devastated the Victorian structure.

Today the story of the 1917 fire is being retold - while the new pier goes from strength to strength.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to historian Dr Chris Kempshall and Jo Stewart from the Hastings Pier Charity.

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