Eastbourne’s emergency services will be showing off their skills at the annual 999 Weekend (July 5-6) – and the whole event will be broadcast live on the Sussex Police website.
Now in its 28th year, the 999 Weekend is closely supported by Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne Community Safety Partnership.
Thousands of people are expecting to attend the free event, which takes place from 11am-5pm on the Western Lawns.
This year those attending will be treated to displays and exhibitors including the Newfoundland Dog Events and Display Team, RNLI, Coastguard, East Sussex Fire and Rescue, Sussex Police and South East Coast Ambulance Service, plus entertainment from drummers and brass bands.
There will also eb an emergency vehicle cavalcade, a cliff rescue demonstration, stalls and refreshments.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne will be opening the weekend along with 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.
Mrs Bourne said, “I am looking forward to this weekend, as it is always a good opportunity for the emergency services to demonstrate what they do best and is always well received.
“It is the perfect opportunity to launch my new engagement programme to allow people to have a voice in policing that matters to them.”
Ch Supt Honnor said, “The 999 Weekend has become one of my favourite events over the years and I know that both Eastbourne residents and those from farther afield hold it in high regard.”