THE CHRISTMAS tree outside the Congress Theatre always looks a little different to others around the town.
And that is because it is a special tree, a “Tree of Light” covered in a host of white lights and dressed with white ribbons in memory of loved ones and Eastbourne’s tree is supported by the five clubs in the town – Eastbourne AM, Eastbourne Sovereign, Eastbourne, Beachy Head and the Sovereign Harbour Club.
This is the 13th year that a tree has been erected by Rotary in Eastbourne and it has brought comfort to families and individuals throughout the area as well as raising money for local charities.
The tree is not just about raising money but giving service to the people of Eastbourne, a beautiful tree and a special place to come and remember someone special.
The Rotary clubs raise sponsorship to cover the cost of erecting the tree and money raised supports local charities but the tree is very important to those who attend the dedication service and tie a white ribbon to it in memory of loved ones.
Each person dedicating a light is invited to write a message which is put in a book of remembrance which is placed in Eastbourne Library for people to view through the year or on the website set up to support the tree, on www.eastbournetreeoflight.co.uk
This year the dedication for the tree will be held on Sunday December 11, at 4pm, with the lights being turned on by the mayor of Eastbourne, Carolyn Heaps.
Everyone is invited to the dedication service in the foyer of the Congress Theatre, with readings from Rotarians, singing from Ratton Chamber Choir, a vote of thanks from Eastbourne’s MP Stephen Lloyd.
The tree is blessed by Reverend Macdonald from Eastbourne College and carols played by the Salvation Army.
Refreshments will be supplied by Rotarians and Counsellors from CRUSE Bereavement charity will be on hand for anyone who feels they would like to talk to someone.
If you would like to make a dedication please complete the form or visit www.eastbournetreeoflight.co.uk