Friends of Hastings Cemetery
Harbour Finances -
At a Council meeting, Alderman Hutchings was re-
Harbour Commissioner Resigns -
Cllr George Hutchings, of Fern Bank, Croft Road, resigned as a member of the Harbour Commissioners. He was a prominent councillor for All Saints ward.
At his re-
He seems to have been a popular Mayor; and when he passed away in 1917 was the first to die in office for 40 years. There certainly seemed to be a genuine feeling of grief when he died suddenly after an operation. There was a lengthy debate in council in December 1917 as to what to do in his memory. It was decided to put up a brass tablet in the Town Hall and to set up a trust fund to provide an income for his widow until her death and for his daughters until they married, and then the money to be used to assist anyone else who benefited the town by honorary work.
In the event his two daughters died, presumably unmarried, as they are buried in the same grave with the name Hutchings, many years later. Whether there was any capital left in the trust to fulfil its wider aims is not known.
In his obituary in the Hastings Observer in August 1917 an old friend said ‘In the All Saints ward his name was a household word, and the fisher folk there found in him a staunch and faithful friend.’
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