Press Releases week beginning 18 April 2016
HRH Duke of Gloucester visits Hastings
HRH Duke of Gloucester visited Hastings today (20 April) to see some of the recent regeneration projects of the town.
His Royal Highness arrived by helicopter on the East Hill and was met by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Mr Peter Field.
They took in the magnificent view of Hastings and the Old Town from the viewing area on the hill where Kevin Boorman, Marketing Manager at Hastings Borough Council gave HRH a detailed explanation of the developments that have taken place along the seafront.
Kevin Boorman said:
"It was great to be able to welcome HRH to Hastings and show off the town. He was very interested in how the seafront had evolved over the years, and the architecture of its buildings."
"He also asked about the net huts and the fishing boats. I was pleased to be able to explain the history, and tell him that we have the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe."
The Royal party descended the hill in the East Hill Lift where they departed for The Source Park.
At the Source Park HRH was introduced to Richard Moore Managing Director, High Sherriff of East Sussex Michael Foster and the Mayor of Hastings Cllr Bruce Dowling.
His Royal Highness was taken on a full tour of the BMX and skate park and saw some excellent BMX and skateboard demonstrations.
Richard Moore Managing Director of the Source Park said:
"It was a delight to have HRH at the park today. He was very interested in the refurbishment of the once derelict building and I was pleased to introduce Him to staff and riders and representatives from our charities, Respond Academy and Charity for Kids.
"I'm proud to announce that he officially opened the Source Park today by unveiling a commemorative plaque which we will put on display in our café area for all visitors to see."
After visiting the Source Park His Royal Highness made His way to the Jerwood Gallery where he was received by Elizabeth Gilmore and David Pennock, Gallery Director and Chairman respectively.
His Royal Highness was given a tour of the new exhibition of works by the artists Prunella Clough, which was still being installed. HRH saw paintings being laid out and hung ready for the exhibition opening on Saturday.
Elizabeth Gilmore, Director of Jerwood Gallery said:
"We were so pleased to welcome His Royal Highness to the gallery today as the first visitor to our new exhibition, Unknown Countries. He was able to take in the view of the fishing beach and then eat local fish, fresh from the catch."