OUT IN THE FIELD: Cheers to all our local hostelries

Officially POTY (Pub of the Year): Natalie Lennol at The Lamb in Old Town
Officially POTY (Pub of the Year): Natalie Lennol at The Lamb in Old Town

Some might say it’s bad news that the town’s beloved Redoubt is no longer fit for purpose when it comes to storing artefacts. But there is a silver lining in that the town may finally get a long awaited for purpose built museum to house not only the military memorabilia but also items relating to the town’s history. The idea is that the Pavilion Tearooms next door to the seafront landmark will become the site of a new museum leaving the Redoubt to become an entertainment venue which can hosts live music concerts and the like, as it did when I was a teenager watching Battle of the Bands competitions. The other good news is of course that once all of this gets underway, the ghastly eyesore that was once Spinnakers Cafe and now looks like something you would find on the streets of Beirut will finally be knocked down.

Congrats are due to all those hostelries who took part in the Herald Pub of the Year competition. The worthy winner was the Lamb in Old Town followed by the Crown and Anchor in second place and the Pilot in Meads in third place, voted for by their customers.

And while the fizzy stuff is flowing, a huge well done to Eastbourne police officers Vicky Bishop and Rachel Bourne who this week received Royal Humane Society awards for saving the life of a man found bleeding to death in the street last year. It’s lovely ladies like Vicky and Rachel that the sadly depleting and under-funded force needs more of.

Those of us of a certain age will remember Tony Rossell and TJ’s so it was sad to hear of his passing. His friends and family hope those who knew him will go along to the Winter Garden at 2pm sharp this Sunday and enjoy the celebration of what was his colourful and interesting life with live music which was Tony’s life long passion.

Don’t miss the Neon Noel display at the Town Hall or the Bandstand Christmas Market. Both are fantastic.

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