Countdown to Christmas begins

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The Christmas countdown officially began in Eastbourne town centre last Thursday when thousands of LED festive lights were switched on amid an extravaganza.

The festive fun began at Eastbourne Pier with mulled wine, mince pies and entertainment from Acting Moon events and Elemental Circus before a parade down Terminus Road to Banker’s Corner led by Stix Drummers and Eastbourne Bonfire Society.

There was entertainment and music in the town centre and the 60,000 LED lights were switched on by panto star Carley Stenson and bank manager Justin Hawkins, who won a ballot.

The lights were paid for after a Stars & Ice Lights appeal which attracted donations from individuals, business and banks in the town.

The Herald teamed up with Eastbourne UnLtd Chamber of Commerce, Laura Murphy of mtc2 and Stephen Lloyd to give the town’s Christmas lights a boost.

Christina Ewbank, of the Chamber of Commerce, said, “Thanks to The Herald and our MP Stephen Lloyd, the town has really rallied round to raise funds for these lights and we are so excited to see them for the first time on Thursday.

“We plan to add to these lights every year until we have a really spectacular display Eastbourne can be proud of.”