Blue Plaque Unveiling to Biddy the Tubman 2019 - Hastings Old Town Carnival Week

Blue Plaque Unveiling to Biddy the Tubman2019

Alfred Mills Stonham was born at No 12 West Street, Old Town Hastings on the 17th November 1878. His family were historically local fisherman and lived in West street in various property’s for over 50 years. As well as being a fisherman, he was also a Lifeboat man and was presented with a RNLI Silver Medal on 16th June 1904 by King Edward VII for his gallantry in rescuing Charles Gallop skipper of the William & Mary during a dramatic sea rescue just off Hastings beach on the 28th May 1904. Known locally as ‘Biddy the Tubman’ he entertained tourist and locals alike with his Tubman antics off the beach at Hastings for many years and at the same time raising much needed funds for the local fishing community charities. This Blue Heritage Plaque will hopefully be one of many highlighting the importance of West Street’s Historical history. Collection in aid of Biddy the Tubman Blue Heritage Plaque –Donation to OHPS.