Much has already been said and written about a minority of theatregoers who demanded refunds when the production of That’ll Be The Day at the Congress last Friday was delayed for more than an hour because a member of the audience tragically passed away. Several people asked for their money back that night and several more were seen and heard complaining at the box office the following morning that their evening had been ‘ruined’ although – rightly or wrongly – the show did go ahead and members of the audience were offered tickets for the show when it returns to the theatre later this year. I think it’s a disgrace. The poor man who died – and the companions with him – had to endure the last moments of his life in full public view. Rubber-necking vultures asking for refunds couldn’t even find it in their hearts to offer him some dignity. Some half-wits even tried filming the emergency services trying to save this man and put it on Facebook. They should hang their heads in shame. What ghastly behaviour.
Last year I went out with the highways engineers from East Sussex County Council who were showing off their new toy: a super-duper Jetpatcher, a device which cleans out potholes and crevices with a blast of high-pressure air before filling them with a mixture of sand and bitumen. The promise was that this bit of kit could repair more than twice as many potholes and at a fraction of the cost. I have seen the jetpatcher in action in Eastbourne since and I hate to say it but it hasn’t worked. There’s a pothole in Hyde Gardens at the junction with Gildredge Road which was jetpatched last year and has already broken up and is in desperate need of repair again. It just shows that quick and easy isn’t always the best option.
And while we are on the subject of potholes, there is a huge hole at the junction of Saffrons Road and Dittons Road with sharp sides which could ruin tyres, throw out a car’s alignment and even cause an accident. Another spot for urgent attention is Windermere Crescent, especially the 50 yards leading to the junction with Roselands Avenue. There is also one the size of a small country in Old Town’s Green Street which has been there for weeks now despite being reported. Bets are now being taken as to how long it will take to get repaired. Hopefully before an unsuspecting cyclist is swallowed up by it.
The Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival is now less than three months away and the hunt will soon begin to find a queen and princess to lead the procession. Claire de Lune Bridal and Shannon at Saints Salon have once again kindly offered to provide dresses and do hair but if there are any make-up artists out there who could donate their time for an hour on the day, I’d love to hear from them. Call Eastbourne 414482 during office hours.
Finally this week, congratulations to my lovely friends Jane and Fraser Brooks at Eastbourne Rugby Club who celebrate their silver wedding anniversary next Wednesday. Well done.
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