OUT IN THE FIELD: In out, in out and not the Hokey Cokey

Last year more than 700 walkers took part in the annual challenge. Photograph: Picasa

Last year more than 700 walkers took part in the annual challenge. Photograph: Picasa

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As debates between friends, family and colleagues about whether the UK should be in or out of the EU rage on and on and on, spare a thought for the staff in electoral services at Eastbourne Town Hall who are responsible for making sure that everyone locally who can vote in the EU Referendum on June 23 will be able to. I feel for them, more so since the government this week extended the deadline because hundreds of thousands of people across the country couldn’t be bothered to get on the electoral register and left it right until the last minute – between 10pm and midnight on Tuesday – causing the whole computer system to go crash, bang, wallop. Changes to a process where every timescale is critical has a knock-on effect and places huge burdens on election teams, particularly when they had absolutely no recovery time from the recent police and crime commissioner election. Registering can be done 24 hours a day seven days a week, 365 days of the year and takes about five minutes online. There really is no excuse not to have registered.

It’s Carnival time in Eastbourne this weekend and fingers crossed, the weather will be glorious for the seafront procession which kicks off at 4pm from the Western Lawns and makes its way to Princes Park where there will be plenty of activities for all the family throughout the day and early evening. Enjoy....

It’s now less than a month until the fourth Eastbourne Lighthouse Challenge when walkers of all ages will make their way down to the Beachy Head Lighthouse which is still looking great after its repaint. Already 100 people have pre-registered and to avoid queues and chaos on the day we would urge everyone to go online and fill in the form. When we first started the challenge, we had 230 walkers. Last year more than 700 checked in. This year it’s on Sunday July 3 starting at 3pm and it’s a rare opportunity when a low spring tide occurs at the right time, and during daylight hours to enable people to walk around the lighthouse. The walk was originally started to raise funds for the repainting necessary, and now it provides funds to build up to the time when it again needs to be repainted plus supporting local charities. It’s organised by the Rotary Club of Eastbourne AM – in conjunction with the Save the Stripes campaign and supported by the Eastbourne Herald – and is a fantastic opportunity to see the light tower in all her glory. Visit www.eastbourneam.org/events for full details and entry forms.

Finally this week, it’s birthday congratulations to two of my favourite landladies in the borough. The lovely Ann Magee at the Prince Albert is celebrating her 60th milestone and the equally gorgeous Natalie Lennol at The Lamb in Old Town is heading a little bit closer to 40. My own Little Princess also edged nearer her teenage years yesterday. I am handing over the reins of my column to one of my trusty colleagues next week while the birthday girls’ celebrations continue, so see you in two weeks.

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