Eastbourne set to be thrilled by 999 Weekend

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Eastbourne’s emergency services display, ‘999 Weekend,’ which starts on Saturday, will be broadcast on live TV for the first time.

Events will be screened via local internet based network TVS and shown live on the Sussex Police website at: www.sussex.police.uk

TVS’s last transmission was on the ITV network 22 years ago but it has come out of retirement and re-launches its Sussex-based network at the event.

People attending will be treated to displays and exhibitors including the Newfoundland Dog Events and Display Team, RNLI, Coastguard, East Sussex Fire and Rescue, South East Coast Ambulance Service and Police plus entertainment by drummers and brass bands.

Now in its 28th year, the 999 Weekend is supported by Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne Community Safety Partnership. The free event takes place between 11am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, July 5 and 6 at the Western Lawns, King Edwards Parade and is expected to attract thousands from across the county.

It will be opened by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne and East Sussex Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor. Mrs Bourne will also launch her public engagement programme ‘TalkSussex,’ which will see her and her office out and about listening to the views and experiences of local residents on policing and crime to inform her priorities for Sussex.

She said, “I am looking forward to this weekend as it is always a good opportunity for emergency services to demonstrate what they do best. It’s also the perfect time to launch my new engagement programme to allow people to have a voice in the policing that matters to them.”

C/Supt Honnor said, “The 999 Weekend is one of my favourite events and I know Eastbourne residents and those from farther afield hold it in high regard.

“It is a great opportunity to not just show the public what our emergency services do for them but also a great chance to talk with local people too. I am also glad we are able to make the weekend more accessible this year by televising it.”

To see the full programme or find out more visit the website: http://www.999display.co.uk/about/ or follow events on Twitter via: @999Weekend and use the hash-tag #999Weekend