Highlighting the Highlife in Hastings  #Hastings #Battle #1066 #celebration #October #fireworks #bonfires #parades

From the 8th to 16th October 2016 the Old Town of Hastings, East Sussex is celebrating & commemorating the great Battle of Hastings that took place 950 years ago exactly on 14th October 1066.  

There will be two enormous parades:

1. Come dressed as an Anglo-Saxon or a Norman warrior and join the fight for a feisty procession. Friendly weapons of the 11th century variety allowed.

2. Fire breathers, bonfire societies, and drummers join forces to light the East Cliff beacon and rumble through the old town wielding burning torchlights, culminating in a gigantic 🔥Bonfire on the beach, and a spectacular 💥 Fireworks display above the black skies of the English Channel (perhaps even visible from France over 20 miles away).

Also…. 1,066 people will be taking on the 17 mile foot race following the 1066 country walk from Pevensey (where King William landed) to Battle (site of his famous victory).

This 950th anniversary will be an eye-popping (sorry King Harold) momentous occasion – its been sitting in the calendar waiting to explode onto the scene for many-a-year. 

Now we’re warming up because here it comes and Hastings Old Town (the most extraordinary place in the world) has it completely covered. 

Prepare to be amazed at what a town can do!

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A piece of potted history of all important proportion – William conquers as Harold falls 14th October 1066 #history #OnThisDay #Hastings #kings

In the year 1066, English soil saw 3 kings of England. Firstly, there was old Edward the Confessor, who on his deathbed is thought to have named Harold Godwin as his successor. However he had already made William, Duke of Normandy his heir in the 1050s when Godwin was in exile.

With three claimants to one throne – there was also the King of Norway, Harald Hardrada, this year was not going to end well for some-bodies.

Well, it did start favourably for Harold. He threw back the challenge from the north at Stamford Bridge, killing his Norwegian namesake. Then, weary and exhausted, his army travelled south, but slings and spears were no match for Norman cavalry.  

A spear in the eye for Harold was the final blow; he was mortally wounded, William headed to the capital to secure his position.  

This is the famous Battle of Hastings (14th October 1066) but the Battle never actually took place in Hastings, it was fought in the now aptly named town of Battle, where there is a re-enactment every year on the exact battlefield. Too many battles

Should you wish to come visiting on re-enactment weekend, you will find the trains from London Charing Cross to Hastings via Battle, packed with Normans and Anglo-Saxons (“please ensure you are travelling in the correct part of the train!”). 

This time they mean it.

The sight of costume-dressed burly men with wooden sticks freaks and terrifies many tourists who are innocently en route to Hastings for a cultural break. You just have to explain it all to them quite simply, and calmly even when they think you are half mad…

“This is the Hastings train; this part of East Sussex is unlike any other place you’ll ever visit; for us this is just another ordinary weekend!  Take a cup of tea and settle in…”

Hastings has the original Norman castle, situated on the West Cliff; it was established by William before the battle and made with Norman materials brought over on the invading boats.
So this is where it all began, 1066 and all that!

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