Pier to Eternity Sea Monsters vs Hell Lizards

Pier to Eternity fancy dress bicycle party is back! First ride of the year is themed Sea Monsters vs Hell Lizards. After terrorising the pier, the group descended upon Hastings Old Town and ending up in Bottle Alley for ice cream courtesy of William the Conequeror. The new crowdfunded sound …

Bottle Alley Bike Bomb

Bottle Alley Bike Bomb 2017

First race of this year’s Bottle Alley Bike Bomb. It is a drag style race along Bottle Alley, St Leonards. The rules are: Ride anything with no motor or legs. Organisers decision is final. If you hear a whistle, STOP. If you go out of your lane, you’re disqualified. You …

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Fade Away and Radiate

Continuing my obsession with Hastings Pier. Wrapped like candy in a blue blue neon glow The calm after Storm Angus is startling. From dramatic clouds, roaring winds and the loud soundtrack of water smashing the pebbles, all has slowed into a much smoother looking state. The sky has become cloudless and …

talk. Photo by Nathan Jones

Next Generation

Bleak day in East Sussex. These two sat on a dank bench in deep conversation. I didn’t want to intrude, but I wanted to record the absurdity. For all the cosy cafés nearby, choosing to sit out in the damp sea air staring at the nothing. The older lady was …

St Leonards Marine Parade

Come sail your ships around me

To be fair, this is a picture of St Leonard’s Beach, bereft of people due to the incumbent storm. Marine Court is so dominant, once the tallest residential building in all of Great Britain. I shall come back to the Sid Little designed seafront another time. Marine Court is a …

John Phillips, Scarlet Pimpernel

The Scarlet Pimpernel

John Philipps is the proprietor of an extraordinary book store on London Road, St Leonards. He hands me and my friend comp slips with a beautiful picture of the Scarlet Pimpernel on them. The shop is absolutely rammed and even has a Whizzer & Chips annual in the window. This …

david bell ringer, hastings - sitting in a sea shelter

For whom the bell tolls

On a moody day in Hastings, David was sitting in a seafront shelter watching the waves. He is bell ringer at the local church. Discussing his past, he said he’s rung bells in Battersea and Putney and used to live in Shepherd’s Bush. Bell ringing is a surprisingly social activity.