Scorching temperatures has seen Eastbourne enjoy a record-breaking summer, with thousands of visitors attending events and booking accommodation throughout the town.
Blue skies and heat-wave weather during July and August was welcomed by the seafront team, who saw a 100 per cent increase in sun lounger hire and a very busy start to the season at the Bandstand.
Hotels also enjoyed an influx of business as the town’s series of summertime events proved to be more popular than ever before, with the Devonshire Park AEGON International Tennis Tournament attracting over 42,000 spectators - its highest attendance yet.
Owner of the Afton Hotel, Marco Giorgi, said, “Up until June, it was challenging, but July and August were very busy - the sunshine certainly does make all the difference.
“The problem earlier in the year was that bad weather affected when people came, especially in this economic climate, but the sun seems to over-ride that. Luckily in Eastbourne, we have lots of great events that attract people here.”
Unsurprisingly, thousands of people descended on the town during Airbourne weekend, with Thursday and Sunday proving to be some of the busiest days on record, and over £27,000 was gained by bucket collectors over the four-day event.
Eastbourne Extreme saw 25,000 people head to the south coast, while the Redoubt Fortress witnessed a 70 per cent increase in visitor figures.
The Towner Gallery saw 18,000 come through their doors over the course of The Lyons Teashops Lithographs exhibition and Eastbourne Theatres’ sales exceeded expectations, raking in over a quarter of a million pounds in just ten days.
A handful of new features to the town proved popular too, including the big screen and the new Wish Tower cafe.