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[Royal Visit to Hastings: Street Decorations]

The public decorations were provided by Mr. Womersley, of Leeds. From the Alexandra Park, situated to the north-east of Hastings, to the new Convalescent Home in the extreme west of St. Leonards, there was a continuous line of Venetian masts, draped with red cloth, and displaying trophies of flags of all descriptions; at the Albert Memorial, where six of the principal streets meet, a variety of flags and banners waved gaily in the breeze. We should also mention that five beautiful triumphal arches spanned the roadway at various points—one of them, in Robertson-street, made of rustic timber work, being especially deserving of notice.

Source: The Illustrated London News, July 1, 1882, p.14