OUT IN THE FIELD: Getting ready for the perfect bonfire

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Just to put the record straight to anyone who may have spotted me looking like Mary Poppins in the back of a vintage Rolls Royce last Saturday afternoon, I hadn’t just tied the knot. Been there, seen it, done it and paid the hefty price for a t-shirt. I was in fact taken out for a spin along the seafront by Phil Power who runs the Vintage Motoring Company and is hoping the council will grant him the permissions needed, without upsetting the taxi trade, so he can continue offering rides in town and not elsewhere in the country instead. His cars are a great tourist attraction and here’s hoping for a speedy resolution from the powers that be so that Brighton or London’s gain (the two cities Phil says he will take the attraction to if he cannot get the green light) is not Eastbourne’s loss.

Great news for those wanting to go aboard the British Pullman carriages when they pull into Eastbourne next year: the five course gala evening dinner on Friday July 17 may have sold out but a second event is planned for the following day on the Saturday lunchtime. Organiser Martin Wellings tells me there is now a waiting list of more than 100 people wanting to support the hospice fundraiser so the carriages have been secured for a lunch aboard the iconic train leaving at around 1pm and that is now filling up fast. Martin also reports that personally he has not done so many rail bookings since he started in travel at PST in the 60s when the firm issued rail tickets for the UK and abroad.

It’s bonfire time and tomorrow night the seafront will be crowded with spectators as societies from across the county gather for Eastbourne’s seafront extravaganza starting at the Crown and Anchor Public House at 7pm and culminating with a bonfire and fireworks at the Wish Tower slopes. Last year was great and tomorrow’s promises to be bigger and better. The local society wants helpers to build a bonfire from Saturday morning onwards. Can I suggest someone to be the Guy sitting on the top?