Herald comment: Cold weather shouldn’t take the gloss off encouraging news

It’s hard to imagine that British Summer Time is here as Eastbourne shivers after one of the coldest Easter weekends on record.

This was not the start which the town’s hard-pressed tourism trade was wanting.

If there was a tourism God, Eastbourne would have been bathed in sunshine, the promenade bustling and the hotels and restaurants bursting at the seams.

Sadly, temperatures plummeted and pity the poor traders, wrapped up in thermals, trying to whip up custom for the Continental Market over the weekend

That should not take the gloss over good news this week when, according to a survey in The Times, Eastbourne is the fourth best place to live by the sea in the UK.

Maybe this answers why Eastbourne is attracting a younger population, particularly among women – that’s based on another survey published this week.

For a town known as God’s waiting room, it encouraging to discover that the average age of Eastbourne is now 42.

Yes, these are trying times, both economically, and even with the weather, but Eastbourne continues to demonstrate a vibrancy, energy and determination to beat the blues and to come out on top.

That’s why we continue to attract a younger generation driven by the quality of life as well as with the regeneration projcts which are taking place in the town.