Musical celebration is set to raise thousands

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A good old -fashioned musical celebration of all the county has to offer has been planned to raise money and remember those who died fighting for their country.

This special event, which commemorates the 100th anniversary since the start of World War One, will be jointly hosted by Johnston Press Plc, JP South Events, the Eastbourne Herald and Gazette, the Royal Hippodrome Theatre and Trapdoor Productions and many others with support from a number of key sponsors and local businesses.

The event, which will be held on Saturday, November 8 at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre will be very much community focused and The Eastbourne Herald is today calling for members of the public to dig out precious local family photographs from both 1914-18 and 1939-45 and allow us to use them for the production.

In addition to this, local primary schools are being invited to design and make poppies which can be used in and around the Hippodrome during the production.

The two very special performances of an old fashioned Music Hall production featuring a huge variety of performers who will take the audience on a war time nostalgic journey. The performers will give up their time free of charge for this good cause.

It is hoped that the event will raise more £20,000 plus via sponsorship, ticketing, raffles and all proceeds will go to a number of military charities .

A key supporter of the event is the resort’s MP Stephen Lloyd who is the chairman of the Eastbourne 1914 - 2014 Commemorative Committee. He said, “Eastbourne is putting on a number of events this year to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the start of the Great War.

“Music Hall was a key feature of ordinary people’s lives in those days and we are blessed in retaining a famous Music Hall Theatre in Eastbourne, the Royal Hippodrome Theatre.”

Sponsorship costs £300 and will include four free tickets (tickets will be sold at £10 each) for either the matinee or evening performances.

If you have photographs that you are happy for the Herald to copy please bring them into our reception at Eastbourne Herald, Berkeley House, 26 Gildredge Road, Eastbourne, BN214SA.

You can contact Faiza Shafeek at faiza.shafeek@jpress.co.uk for more information about sponsorship or further details about what to do with your old photographs and poppies.

For tickets for either the 2.30pm matinee or the 7.30pm performance on November 8 contact the Royal Hippodrome box office 01323 412000 or visit www.royalhippodrome.com