I know that Pierless Music is here to talk about and share information about local music, but we couldn’t resist telling you about this. Don’t worry, there is a musical connection of sorts.
Tony Streeter, who among other things, promotes the Ragged Trousered Folk nights at The Jenny Lind and who is also one of the mainstays behind the annual RNLI Hastings Beach Concerts, has written a book with a very local theme.
The book is called ‘Lives and Times of Kindred Spirits – the Bonfire Societies of Hastings & St Leonards’. This is very topical as the Hastings Week celebrations are due to start this weekend. They, of course, culminate in the Bonfire Procession and fireworks on Saturday October 19th.
To quote Tony, his book “Documents the history of Bonfire in Hastings, year on year, from 1815 onwards. It also includes details of the anti-Papal riots of January 1851; the Salvation Army and anti-Salvationist disturbances of 1883/84; neglect in the workhouse in 1884; Hastings first ever Carnival in 1895; the employment of local labour in the construction of the tramways in 1905; and the poverty marches of the same period”
The book is 272 pages long and sells for £8.50. More info can be found here:
To celebrate the publication of his book, Tony is having a book launch on Saturday 12th October at The Jenny Lind, in Hastings Old Town, between 1 and 4pm.
But, this is no ordinary book launch as it will include ‘The Trial of the Arch Traitor Guido Fawkes’ as performed by local actors. Don’t worry, I don’t think they are any plans to hang, draw and quarter Guido Fawkes afterwards!
Entry is free and there will also be music from local bluesman Jeremiah Longshanks. See, I told you there was music involved.
“Remember, remember the fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot…..”