Bandstand to host traditional market to celebrate charter

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Eastbourne Bandstand is hosting a festive market.

Twenty-five stalls have been put up by the elves of Skinners Sheds ready for the market which runs from December 9 to 13 from 10am to 7pm.

The structures will span the outer-rim of the Bandstand and will be filled with Christmas treats and goodies.

Funded by the £2million Pier Fund and organised by Eastbourne Camber of Commerce and Eastbourne Borough Council, the 1930’s art deco venue will host the bustling seafront market, complete with traditional wooden stalls and Christmas tree displays across the five days.

There will be carol singing, roasted chestnuts and festive foods.

Shoppers will be able to source unique handmade gifts and decorations on offer from both local and regional producers.

The shopping experience is completed with street entertainers, a mulled wine bar and the chance to meet Sanata and his elves in the unique banstand grotto by the sea.

Christina Ewbank, chief executive of the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce, said, “It’s really exciting to welcome the first of our stalls.

“The bandstand will be transformed into a winter wonderland.”

Luke Johnson, of the town centre management team, said, “We’ve had a huge response to our market stalls and it was really difficult to choose the best.

“We are really pleased though that not only have we got the best traders, many of them are local.”

Christina added, “Already more than 6,000 people have confirmed that they will be attending the market on the bandstand via social media.

“This year, Eastbourne celebrates 700 years of being granted a market charter, and the bandstand market is a fitting tribute to the rich trading history of the town.

“Clearly, there’s a huge amount of expectation to live up to, and we are going to produce something that will be truly memorable. Christmas this year in Eastbourne, is unlimited!”

See www.eastbournechristmas.com/christmas-market for more information about the festive market and the other Christmas event taking place across the town .

The market, the first of its kind at the bandstand, has been organised this year to celebrate Eastbourne’s 700 year anniversary of being granted a market charter.

The original market charter was granted to Bartholow de Badlesmere in 1315 for a Thursday market. Unfortunately, he turned out to be a traitor, who rose up against King Edward II. He was tried in Canterbury, found guilty on the 14th of April 1322 and then hanged.

The Chamber of Commerce is also behind a spectacular show of colour and sound to be projected onto the Town Hall clock tower titled Neon Noel every night at 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm from December 4 to 13 to clebrtae the anniversary.

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