Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival was a “fantastic event” – MP

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Eighty floats paraded along the prom under sunny skies in Eastbourne’s second Sunshine Carnival on Saturday afternoon (May 25).

Carnival Queen Lucy Murphy and Princess Paige Stockton led the procession, waving to the crowds lining the seafront as they were driven from Fisherman’s Green to the Western Lawns.

The queen wore a sea-green dress from Claire de Lune and both girls had their make-up done by Benefit in Boots and their hair styled by Saints Salon in Station Street.

Entries included a TA float and a walking group of Eastbourne mums protesting against changes to maternity at the DGH – which both received warm applause from the crowds – a group of Harley motorcyclists, schools including Ratton, Motcombe and Bishop Bell, charities, singers, drummers and even a walking entry of four-legged friends.

Stephen Lloyd MP, who is also a patron of Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival and organised the event alongside Pageant Master Dave Cooper and their team, said, “It was an absolutely fantastic event.

“The sun was out and all the carnival entrants had really made a great effort. Thanks to everyone supporting us again this year.

“Clearly, the Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival is here to stay.”

The overall winner was the 23rd Eastbourne Scouts, accompanied by the Kingfisher Scout Band. The best commercial entry was Eastbourne Theatres and the best voluntary entry was the Eastbourne Working Men’s Club.

See this website for a photo gallery of shots from the big day – as well as the Gazette on Tuesday and the Herald on Friday.