The sun shone on the Congress Theatre on December 2 as people gathered to dedicate lights in memory of their loved ones.
It was the 14th anniversary of the Rotary project when Eastbourne’s five clubs come together to ensure the presence of a tree outside the Congress Theatre – donated by PJ Skips.
Rotarian Melanie Adams led the dedication service and told the crowd of more than 350 that the project has raised over £55,000 for local charities over the years.
She said, “The project does raise valuable funds for the community but arguably more important is the comfort it brings in taking time to remember those dear friends, family and loved ones we are sadly no longer with us. Let us focus on those happy memories.”
Representatives from the five clubs read poems and Ratton Chamber Choir sang. Eastbourne MP thanked the sponsors and Rotarians for supporting such a worthwhile project.
The Mayor, Councillor Mike Thompson, lead the countdown to the turning on of the lights and Eastbourne College Chaplin, Reverend Christopher Macdonald said a prayer of dedication.
The Salvation Army played as supporters tied their ribbons to the tree and Rotarians supplied tea, coffee and mince pies (donated by Tesco) before and after the service.
One of the charities the project supports in CRUSE and Councillors were on hand for anyone to talk to. Dedications go into a book of remembrance, which is kept at Eastbourne library.