LOOKING BACK: Guided tours at dental board reunion

Garry Proctor, manager of Budget Rent a Car, Sue Harding (Miss Saffrons and carnival princess), Linda Jones (Miss Chamber of Commerce and carnival queen), Diana Veness (Miss Dental Estimates Board and carnival maid).

Garry Proctor, manager of Budget Rent a Car, Sue Harding (Miss Saffrons and carnival princess), Linda Jones (Miss Chamber of Commerce and carnival queen), Diana Veness (Miss Dental Estimates Board and carnival maid).

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Further details have been revealed for a Dental Board Reunion later this year.

The reunion will take place on Sunday September 20 at Gildredge House, the recently opened free school which now occupies the site on Compton Place Road where the Dental Board operated from 1948 until July 2012.

One of the organisers Steven Blower said, “There will be presentations about the development of the site and its transformation from the DPB to a school. Also there will be guided tours of the building and refreshments, with an opportunity to reminisce with friends and colleagues.

“To enable us to plan timings for the event we are asking anyone who would like to come along in the first instance to register their interest by visiting the school’s website www.gildredgehouse.org.uk, click calendar, upcoming events and Dental Board Reunion.

“Here you will find a short on-line form. This is a free event, but we would be grateful if you could please use our ticketing system to register your interest.

“Those who are unable to register interest on-line please call Margaret Emmett on Eastbourne 730791 and leave your details.”

The last of the Dental Board staff moved out of the building in July 2012 after a history of more than 60 years at the site. The dental board, along with Lottbridge Drove’s old Bird’s Eye factory, was the biggest employer in the town for many years and took around 38 million dental claim forms each year at its busiest time.

It was extended heavily to provide large office spaces and facilities for the staff.

At the time of its closure, Simon Meader, who worked at the site for 30 years, said, “Most people know someone who has worked here. There have been two or three generations that have worked here.”

However, the staff re greatly reduced for some time before 2012 and on (July 6) the last of the dental board workers moved out of the already almost empty site to smaller offices in Eastbourne town centre.

The original part of the building was used as a public school until the late 1930s, when it was evacuated during the war before becoming the Dental Estimates Board in 1948.

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