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The cast of HMS Pinafore coming to Eastbourne
The cast of HMS Pinafore coming to Eastbourne

It’s really great news to hear a campaign to get the Allchorn pleasure boats back on the water is gaining momentum (see p 11). Like most of my generation I remember not only when there was a speedboat which used to operate from the Pier and the Waverley which used to rock up every now and again, but also going out on the pleasure boats along the coast to Beachy Head and around the Lighthouse when I was just knee high to a grasshopper. Sadly, and through nobody’s fault, the boats are now looking very sorry for themselves on the beach close to the inshore lifeboat station and the plan is to buy them from their current owner, draw down on funding to get them looking ship shape and get them back on the water. It’s a great idea and I particularly like the idea of using the boats for shopping trips from Eastbourne to Brighton and even day trips to the Isle of Wight. Let’s hope the whole town gets behind the campaign and the idea of restoring these very important parts of our heritage swims rather than sinks.

Keeping with this week’s nautical theme – and there is no ulterior motive whatsoever for printing this photograph – HMS Pinafore sails into town next month with a week long run at the Devonshire Park and an all male cast. My, how Gilbert & Sullivan has changed since I was a girl.

Finally this week, thanks to everyone that has written in regarding the potholes and abandoned barriers on the town’s streets specially those who are concerned about one particular road sign in Victoria Drive by St Gregory’s Church that’s been blown hither and thither for months and is, they fear, an accident waiting to happen. One writer points out that should snow arrive and conceal the sign, it will be an unwanted hazard to pedestrians. The same writer also points out the clock dials at the Pier are still a disgrace to the town. He’s got a point.