As per tradition the Mayor and Hastings Corporation attended Divine Service at St Clements Church in the Old Town on Sunday 12thÂ November 1916, the first Sunday after Mayor Making. The image shows some Canadian soldiers who also attended leaving the service and marching down the High Street. There is no mention in the issue of the paper who the newly elected Mayor was. The original imageÂ was takenÂ fromÂ theÂ Hastings & St Leonards Pictorial Advertiser dated 16thÂ November, 1916.
The two photographs used to create the image, and the final combined image are below. You can view the top image full size on my Flickr page by clicking on it.
This image is part ofÂ a continuing series of Then and Now images Iâ€™ve created for East Sussex Councilâ€™sÂ World War 1 commemoration website. The website is focussed on the contribution that the men and women of East Sussex made towards the war effort.