HUNDREDS of people gathered for a screening of the Queen’s state funeral in a city park.
Around 1,000 people attended the viewing at Alexandra Park in Hastings as the ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey and on to Windsor.
People stand on deckchairs or sit on the grass to watch the service in London.
Hastings Borough Council thanked Love Hatings for providing the screen so the town could come together and the Hastings Borough Bonfire Society for organizing the event.
Mourners also gathered at the Picturedrome Cinema in Bognor, Uckfield Picturehouse, Hailsham Church and Brighton Palace Pier to see the state funeral for the longest-serving monarch in British history.
The performance at Palace Pier faced some disruptions due to a lack of satellite signal, but this was remedied to allow viewers to continue watching the ceremony.
Crowds watching at Horatios Bar on the Pier stood as the national anthem was played at the end of the service at Westminster Abbey.
Meanwhile, Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan confirmed that around a quarter of a million people paid their respects to the Queen by viewing her coffin as it was laid out in London last week.
While Ms Donelan said the Government is still “putting together the figures” on how many people queue for hours in London, she said she believes it is around 250,000.
If the numbers turn out to be correct, it would surpass the number of people who walked by the Queen Mother’s coffin in 2002.
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