Need a reason to visit Eastbourne? How about 26 reasons?

FANS of Eastbourne have come up with a definitive A to Z of reasons to visit Eastbourne.

From Airbourne to Harry Potter’s Quidditch World Cup, which was filmed at Beachy Head, more than 90 people shared their suggestions.

The submitted their ideas via the VisitEastbourne website. More than 630 reasons to visit Eastbourne were posted via its Facebook page with a new letter of the alphabet posted each day.

The VisitEastbourne team have whittled the hundreds of suggestions down to just 26 with their overall favourite suggestion, ‘Sunshine, sea and smiles’ submitted by Joanne Bradshaw.

Joanne has won an overnight stay for two in a four poster room with dinner at Eastbourne’s Langham Hotel.

Cllr Neil Stanley, Eastbourne Borough Council cabinet member for tourism, said, “We were absolutely overwhelmed with the response to our A to Z Challenge.

“It was really difficult to make a final decision for each letter and come up with just 26 reasons.

“As our winning Z suggestion states, there are zillions of reasons to visit Eastbourne, and the brilliant response we received certainly confirmed that.

“It was fascinating to watch the challenge each day and the really varied reasons that were put forward, with one or two getting really competitive as well as making us chuckle.

“We can’t wait to come up with some more contests to really get our visitors and fans talking.”

The challenge was intended to drive traffic and raise the profile of the VisitEastbourne facebook page.

The number of new fans increased by 300 per cent over the course of the challenge compared to the previous month, with feedback on wall posts up by 381 per cent.

The final A to Z contains a wide range of reasons for visiting Eastbourne, highlighting the open air concerts at the Bandstand, South Downs National Park and the musicals at Eastbourne Theatres.

With so many reasons to choose from,

VisitEastbourne have also decided to dedicate two special awards to Graham Huntley and Carters Fish and Chip Shop who managed to come up with particularly witty posts every day during the challenge.

They will receive a copy of the winning Great Eastbourne Railway Competition poster.

To view the winning A to Z visit www.visiteastbourne.com or http://visit-eastbourne.blogspot.com.

The list can also be found on the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/visiteastbourne.

l What do you think? Send us your A to Z list of Eastbourne to eastbourne.herald@trbeckett.co.uk