New group to support the historic Old Town

Community Wise, Launch of leaflet for 'Historic Old Town' November 12th 2012 E46207N'(Front L to R): Cllr Carolyn Heaps, Cllr John Ungar, Cllr Janet Coles, Cllr Tom Liddiard and Cllr Alun Cooke (Middle L to R): Jenni Osborn, Anne Angel, Allison Selmes, Adrian Metcalfe-Pollard (Back L to R): Bob Baker, Karen Richardson, Brian Begent and Derek Legg
Community Wise, Launch of leaflet for 'Historic Old Town' November 12th 2012 E46207N'(Front L to R): Cllr Carolyn Heaps, Cllr John Ungar, Cllr Janet Coles, Cllr Tom Liddiard and Cllr Alun Cooke (Middle L to R): Jenni Osborn, Anne Angel, Allison Selmes, Adrian Metcalfe-Pollard (Back L to R): Bob Baker, Karen Richardson, Brian Begent and Derek Legg

A new group has been set up to promote the historic Old Town area of Eastbourne.

The community groupis made up of representatives of local businesses, historic attractions, and residents and supported by local councillors - all working together to promote the area’s excellent amenities and to give its own identity.

Earlier this year they got together and formed Historic Old Town which has gone from strength to strength with a number of projects planned.

An Historic Old Town leaflet and minimap has been launched with a map and free listings for local businesses in the area.

This has been funded from the devolved budgets of both Old Town and Upperton Councillors.

Interesting historical facts are written by local historian Lawrence Stevens and photographs of local places of interest taken by Claire Paterson-Snell of EBC Printing Services.

On Saturday December 8 between 3pm -6pm there will be a seasonal street market in Crown Street and Star Road with stalls selling craft items, jewellery, Christmas wreaths and garlands, cards, pictures, produce, fudge, brownies, wooden items and gift boxes, with entertainment from local choirs and jugglers and an appearance by Father Christmas.

Cafés and pubs will be open for refreshments.

The event will also give visitors and residents a chance to discover what the shops and businesses have to offer.

Anne Angel, a retired town centre manager, chairman and founder of the group, said, “There is a diverse range of unique mainly independent businesses in Old Town, historic buildings and friendly places to eat and drink in pleasant surroundings .

“The area has got its own character, it is the ancient heart of Eastbourne and should be an attraction in its own right.”

For further information about the group contact Anne Angel on historicoldtown@hotmail.co.uk