Christmas revelry is back at bandstand

Christmas at the bandstand SUS-141028-101413001
Christmas at the bandstand SUS-141028-101413001
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Eastbourne’s iconic seafront Bandstand will provide a Christmas Day highlight for residents and visitors, as the traditional free concert returns for a triple bill over the festive period.

With packed seafront hotels and more than 4,000 festive fans expected, the seafront venue will provide yuletide entertainment on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day – all completely free of charge.

Taking a one year break due to last winter’s bandstand restoration works, the concerts are set to make a big return for the 2014 festive season.

A long -tanding tradition, the concerts date back to 1935 and have grown in popularity ever since, along with a customary Boxing Day dip in the sea for the brave bunch of hardy swimmers.

With mulled wine and hot drinks on offer to warm up revellers, the atmosphere ranges from traditional carols to festive party hits, and even the bandstand conga.

Councillor Carolyn Heaps said, “It is a delight to see so many people choose Eastbourne for their Christmas break, and these concerts are a big part of the seasonal package on offer.

They have such a great atmosphere and are a fantastic way for residents and visitors to join together in a lovely festive celebration as a pre-dinner treat.”

Christmas Day sees the return of the Eastbourne Silver Band with traditional carols and classic Christmas songs in a pre-Christmas dinner treat.

The Ray Campbell Dance Band provide a refreshing alternative to the TV repeats on Boxing Day with a lively round up of festive hits and dancing.

Concerts run from 10.45am to 12.15pm on Christmas Day, and from 11am to 12.30pm on both Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Entry to the concerts is free.

For more information visit www.eastbournebandstand.co.uk or telephone 01323 410611.