Tribute has been paid to a former entertainments manager in the town who rubbed shoulders with the likes of the Queen Mother, Ronnie Corbett and Danny La Rue.
Ernest Fulcher, who passed away on August 8, moved down south in 1961 when he was offered a role in overseeing entertainment at the Congress Theatre which opened two years later.
Previously the 84-year-old, who was described by his widow Betty as someone ‘who was full of fun and tales’, had worked in the same industry in Great Yarmouth.
It was there that he met Betty when the pair were skating and they went on to get married and have two children.
Ernest’s role in the entertainment field saw him work in different places including Folkestone, before he was offered the chance to move to Eastbourne.
He was manager for the Congress Theatre and the Devonshire Park Theatre and in his role he also looked after the tennis and entertainment along the seafront and Princes Park.
He then went on to become deputy director. His job could often see him working seven days a week.
Betty, who lives in Old Town, said of his success in working in entertainments, “I think it was just his character, he did get on with people.”
She added, “He did work hard but he enjoyed it.
“He did get on with people.
“He was always jolly and full of fun and tales and used to come home at gone midnight and say ‘I must tell you this thing that happened’, he used to have me in fits of laughter.”
During his career he became good friends with classical music promoter Raymond Gubbay based in London.
The grandfather, whose tasks included sitting in on rehearsals to check they were going well, meeting and greeting people and travelling up to London to book shows for Eastbourne, bowed out of the entertainment business in 1982.
Following that time, he volunteered for Eastbourne Citizen Advice Bureau and went on to become manager there.
Betty added, “We had a good life and have always been very happy.”
Ernest, who was also a magistrate at Eastbourne for 15 years, become unwell last year and had to give up driving. It was then found that he had dementia.
Betty visited Ernest – who had diabetes – daily when he was in Pentlow Nursing Home where he was a resident in the latter months of his life and they used to go out on day trips.
But during recent months Ernest’s condition deteriorated and he passed away there on August 8.
His funeral will take place on Tuesday, August 27 at the main chapel at Eastbourne Crematorium at 11.30am.