Letter: Into battle for Hastings

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Sir: As a frequent visitor to Hastings, I feel bound to defend the town after the distorted picture painted by Nicholas Roe ("Wrong time, wrong place", 18 February).

No mention was made of that unique charm found in the old part of town: the squealing gulls, the fishing activity and collection of old buildings around steep streets. Clambering up them brings the visitor to fine views of the bay, the ruins of a castle and a lively smugglers' museum.

Attractions such as these and the Sea Life Centre are all more genuine than the tacky Vegas-style offerings in other coastal towns.


Sidcup, Kent