The America Ground declaration is read each year when the head of the procession reaches  the Memorial Site (at the town centre) shortly after 8.15pm by Hastings Town Crier Jon Bartholomew in front of  Hastings & East Sussex Councillors, Invited guests from the twin towns, other VIPs including the MP for Hastings & Rye and a selection of other Town Criers.

The declaration was created with the support of local historian Dennis Collins recalls the history of the America Ground  that now forms part of Robertson Street. See 1066.net/america for further details about the America Ground and its history.

After the declaration has been read lance work on the America Ground Banner is ignited for the watching audience before the procession restarts along Robertson Street to the fire site.   

 

THE DECLARATION
The Hastings Borough Bonfire Society will now process onto the America GROUND which was formerly SEA. 
William the Conqueror SAILED in where we MARCH today. 
The prosperous HARBOUR of the CINQUE PORT OF HASTINGS Was here until storms destroyed it ELEVEN HUNDRED YEARS AGO. 
By two hundred years ago The SEA had become LAND and merchants and people built Warehouses, Ropewalks and homes on it, AND THEY PROSPERED
The corporation of Hastings had NO JURISDICTION HERE, but tried to enforce their rule.
The people RIOTED And raised the Stars and Stripes of  THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA in DEFIANCE 
The Borough RETREATED The Americans stayed independent until the Kings commissioners Claimed the ground for the CROWN.
The Stars and Stripes with the Borough arms added was PRESENTED to the Corporation of Hastings as A FRIENDLY GESTURE by the people of THE AMERICA GROUND in the LAST YEARS of their occupation. 
It SYMBOLISES that spirit of enterprise and INDEPENENCE determination and GOODWILL which characterises the people of The AMERICA GROUND TO THIS DAY
We DECLARE our passage through the TERRITORY of the AMERICA GROUND.
ENDS
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