Christmas Bandstand market may return for longer next year

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The very first Bandstand Christmas market has been hailed a success with organisers hinting it may return for longer next year.

The market was organised by Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce and funded by some of the money given to boost the town’s tourist economy after the Eastbourne Pier fire last year.

Thousands of people visited the stalls and attractions there during the five days it was on with volunteers giving their free time to marshall the event and manage the Father Christmas grotto.

Christina Euwbank from the Chamber of Commerce said 80 per cent of traders were local, bookings were already being taken for next year and she hoped it would run next Christmas for up to three weeks.

“It was a huge success,” said Christina, “and it wouldn’t have been possible without all those volunteers who gave their time freely, including Father Christmas who also volunteered.

“There were some negative comments but I would say to those people to get involved and tell us what they would like to see and how we can make it better.”

The market was sponsored by Southern water and the day to day running was down to Luke Johnson who looks after the town centre on behalf of the Chamber.

“My hope is,” said Christina, “that next year it will run for up to three weeks in the build up to Christmas. We are particularly keen to hear from stall holders who have hand made items.”

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