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“Follow the Herring”, brings together a national touring production of performance art ‘ Get up and tie your fingers’ and the ‘ Coat for a Boat’ exhibition created by the Customs House, South Shields and based on the role of women in the historic herring industry. “Follow the Herring” included a local community choir, the Herring Girls, alongside the professional actors, plus a parallel exhibition element involving knitting and ‘yarn bombing’ all held on the Stade.

Hastings Fishermen’s Museum

The Hastings Fishermen’s Museum holds a unique archive of fishing related artefacts and photographs mapping the heritage of the oldest inshore beach based fishing fleet in the UK. This project will enable the digitisation of these valuable resources and allow people to access the information from near and far as well as preserving them for future generations.

Building on the successes of the previous Herring Fairs – the FLAG in partnership with HBC is looking to extend these fantastic fish events to regular June and November fairs, focussing on locally sourced MSC fish – Herring, Dover Sole and the perennial favourite mackerel.

See the updates on the latest Fairs.

Eco-Stade combines low impact-tourism, camping, walking, cycling with fish buying and cooking and introduces a host of new amenities to the Stade area of the old town to enhance the destination visitors experience. A key feature will be to increase the link between the unique Stade based attractions and the magnificent Hastings Country park an SSI and AOB in its own right.

Classroom on the Coast is a unique chance to learn how to cook fish right in the heart of one of Britain’s oldest fishing communities.

This purpose built, fully equipped cookery school sits only yards from the famous Hastings fleet where fish has been landed for over 1000 years.  The 25 boats that sit on the shingle shore make up Europe’s largest beach landed fishing fleet – the perfect backdrop to learn the skills needed to prepare and cook freshly caught fish.

The second Hastings Herring Fair was another great success for the FLAG earning praise from the local press editorial and a double page spread. The Hastings FLAG is now trying to make sure that the Herring Fairs stay on the annual calendar of Hastings events.

This project has purchased a reconditioned bulldozer for the East Hastings Sea Angling Association and club to allow them to safely move the shingle and launch the members vessels. This can be used by the fishing fleet in emergencies as well. But the project is also about getting more new and younger members to experience sea angling and learn more about fish and fishing from the Stade.

The project has also supported the the angling club in gaining the prestigious Angling Trust' s 'Clubmark'.

The first Herring Fair was held in November 2012. It opened up a new market for the fishing fleet and had good food, music and gifts.

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