The first ‘tip and run’ raid on Hastings during WW2 occurred on 26th July 1940 a little after 7am.
A single fighter bomber dropped 11 high explosive bombs on the Cricket Ground, Gladstone Terrace, Whitefriars Road and Priory Road. The raid resulted in the death of Violet Gooday, a teacher aged 34 at 139 Priory Road. Nine others were injured, two seriously.
The bombs demolished several houses and caused damage to the Priory Road School.