Hastings has made it on to the Guardian’s prestigious travel hotlist for 2016 - thanks to the pending reopening of the town’s pier.
The newspaper’s ‘Where to go on holiday in 2016’, released on January 1, features a list of must-visit destinations for the 12 months ahead.
These are chosen based on new flights, new openings, anniversaries and special events for 2016.
Hastings sits on the list alongside such exotic offerings as Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Mynamar and Olympic Games hosts Rio de Janeiro.
The Guardian says of the pier: “Hastings Pier has a roller coaster history: it opened in 1872, boomed in the 1930s and hosted bands including the Rolling Stones in the 1960s and 70s.
!It closed in 2008 after being damaged by a storm, then was almost destroyed by fire in 2010.
“But it is about to get a new lease of life, reopening on 21 March after a massive transformation, thanks in part to a £11.4m Heritage Lottery grant.
“The new-look pier will host farmers’ markets, urban sports, outdoor cinema and gigs – plus more traditional seaside promenading.
“And there’ll be a grand opening party in May.”