The town is famous for the Battle of Hastings in 1066, the tart of the Norman Conquest of England. The battle between William, Duke of Normandy and King Godwinson of England was lost n October 14, and the town celebrates with historical reenactments and bonfires two weeks ahead of Guy Fawkes night. So, the town was quiet, the nearest celebrations over an hour away.However, luck on our side, Hastings was holding its annual Herring Fair.
A few London-name acts appeared, but were mostly late and unenthusiastic compared to the town-based musicians. The smoked fish was excellent (my w.wezen gave me my first taste of milk-poached kippers and mackerels were prepared back at home the next day –actually a joy despite my suspicion of fish and egg combination breakfast), and the beers were pleasingly strong (especially when compared to the watery brews offered in Chicago’s pubs).