Hundreds of Hastings residents, young and old, gathered in Priory Meadow shopping centre this Thursday to watch Father Christmas himself switch on the town’s Christmas lights, triggering the start of the festive season.
Although inmates in local prisons have remained tame this week, there have still been incidents in jails in other parts of the country.
The rain isn’t the only thing slowly drowning Hastings this week. The 2016 figures for alcohol abuse in Hastings have been released and they make for sombre reading.
New research has revealed that more than a quarter of children under 12 have no experience with money.
A survey by the National Health Service has revealed that the average life expectancy of women sleeping rough in Hastings is just 43 years old, with men living until 47- some 30 years shorter than that of a housed citizen.