So, vile priest Gordon Rideout is finally behind bars this week for his horrible crimes against vulnerable children and some form of justice has finally been served for his victims.
He was once a highly respected pillar of the community in Eastbourne and I am sure there are a lot of people devastated at the faith they placed in him and are questioning how they could have been such bad judges of character. I know I am.
Two other things also struck me this week though.
Barnardo’s, which ran the home where Rideout found, groomed and abused his victims, said “it took great courage for the victims to step forward and relieve their experiences”.
Those victims actually stepped forward many years ago when they were children and when they were being abused and told of what was happening to them but nobody listened.
In fact. those who were brave enough to say anything were subjected to brutal beatings and one child was so badly beaten, her ribs were broken. Secondly, Phil Johnson, a survivor of abuse within the clergy here in Eastbourne is quite right when he asks why STILL nobody who was in authority in the Church has been held to account for their failings.
It’s time for some awkward questions to be answered by the Diocese of Chichester. Finally.
On a lighter note I was among the thousands who flocked to the Bandstand last Thursday as Eastbourne came under the Antiques Roadshow spotlight.
It was a fantastic day for the town and although the sun failed to make an appearance it didn’t dampen the spirit of everyone clutching their valuables hoping they might be worth a small fortune.
Although I was lucky enough to get to interview the lovely Fiona Bruce, my family heirlooms were inspected by Judith Miller who told me they weren’t worth the money I had hoped they would be to satisfy a luxury lifestyle.
So with no trip to the Caribbean beckoning during half term, I shall see you back here in two weeks.