A Multi-Lingual Guidebook to Hastings & St Leonards, c.1935

In the 1930s the Pier reached the height of it popularity and was brilliantly lit at night, with dancing, concerts, speedboat trips and mass swimming events, particularly night bathing, when the sea was floodlit from the Pier.

The guide book introduced the seaside attractions of Hastings & St Leonards in the following way:

“The Hastings and Palace Piers afford various amusements to suit all weathers. The Palace Pier has been largely reconstructed and modernised. It is brilliantly illuminated from end to end. It has a spacious pavilion and specialises in catering for parties up to one thousand. The Hastings Pier Pavilion is used nightly for dancing in the summer. The floor can accommodate over 500 couples. The cosy and charming theatre on the Hastings Pier is now the home of Repertory. A clever and versatile company, viz., the Court Players, is in permanent residence (except during the “high” season”), and throughout nine months of the year present the most successful plays. One of the most famous dance orchestras in the country performs daily in the deck bandstand during the summer.”


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