OUT IN THE FIELD: Strong men only need apply ...

The plaques weigh several tonnes
The plaques weigh several tonnes
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Fear not, I am not looking for my next husband but rather a group of strong men who could help save part of Eastbourne’s heritage. Facebook friend Fred Stoner was out on one of his regular walks recently and came across two huge plaques which once upon a time way back in 1888 adorned the entrances to the old Princess Alice Hospital in Carew Road. They were discarded and have been in the same place for some time now. All they need is a bit of TLC, restored to their former glory and hopefully placed close to their original beginnings, the Heritage Centre or even a local history museum when we eventually get one. We have permission from the landowner to remove them but all that is needed now is someone with a crane, a block and tackle, Superman or a group of strong chaps and a vehicle to transport it as they weigh a tonne. Any offers of help can come in my direction on 01323 414482.

There were all sorts of untruths and falsehoods flying around as to why the mighty Springboks suffered such a trouncing at the Amex last Saturday from underdogs Japan. Too much bird poo on the training pitch, criticism that the players are far too old, the list was endless. But bearing in mind the players – staying at the Grand Hotel – were seen in several of the town’s hostelries throughout the week in the run up to the match including the Crown & Anchor, Dewdrop and Maxims, maybe the real reason for their shock defeat was perhaps that they had overindulged and enjoyed too much good old Eastbourne hospitality.

It’s good to see the council has launch a competition to get a piece of artwork – which will eventually be installed on the seafront – made from the burnt mangled remains of the Blue Room. That way, at least there might be something imaginative created out of say melted two pence pieces from the fruit machines rather than some ghastly steel structure of a flock of birds or even worse, an Angel of the South figure.

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