If you haven’t had the opportunity to see Neon Noel at the Town Hall, you better hurry – last showing is Sunday at 6.30.
This amazing light show has been created by West End Studios to celebrate the 700th Anniversary of Eastbourne as a shopping destination. In 1315 King Edward II issued a Market Charter to the town ‘East of the Burne.’ This was the start of the town as a trading destination and it grew to become Eastbourne, the beautiful seaside town we know and love today.
The light show is a stunning spectacle and has been wowing crowds all week. It can still be seen at 4.30. 5.30 and 6.30 each day until Sunday, which is the final showing, and will be followed by what I am told will be an outstanding Firework display, sponsored by Parker Building Supplies. This is a hugely creative contribution to our plans to be a Christmas ‘destination’ – vital to developing a 365 days a year visitor economy.
I am grateful to all those that have made this happen, many business sponsors and Eastbourne UnLtd (Chamber of Commerce). The Christmas lights and Neon Noel were also made possible thanks to the money offered by the Government following the Pier fire.
The Tree of Light dedication service at the Congress at the weekend was as ever a very beautiful event. It’s difficult to believe it’s been going 17 years, and has now raised tens of thousands of pounds for local charities.
I have been attending the event for several years but this was the first as the Towns’ MP. I don’t mind telling you I found it incredibly hard to speak through my own pain and sense of loss. That loss can seem especially hard at this time of the year.
You can tie a ribbon onto the tree, which is situated at the front of the Congress theatre, and any messages that are left are written into a book of remembrance which will be available online, and displayed in Eastbourne Library all next year. A heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to the Rotary Clubs and sponsors for once again organising the Tree of Light which provides an important occasion for us all to reflect and remember and importantly, to be together in that.
As always should you need me I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be holding one of my regular ‘Arndale Surgeries’ at The Arndale on Saturday morning 10-12 – come and see me!