Out in the Field with Herald chief reporter Annemarie Field: Wonderful site at knockdown price?

AT LAST the long-running saga of the Wish Tower Restaurant – and I use the word restaurant very, very loosely – is over and the old building will be demolished.

I know I am not going to win myself an army of fans for saying this but I for one am glad and can’t help but agree with one eminent councillor who described the eatery as looking like a ‘ghastly eastern European canteen’.

The building had of course, been allowed to go to rack and ruin and by the time the keys were handed back to the council it looked like the wreck of the Hesperus.

I know it was a gift to the people of Eastbourne but the place was falling down, your feet stuck to the carpet and I would rather have eaten the backside off a low-flying duck than try any of the food there.

I also find myself agreeing with the aforementioned councillor who feared a little too much has been made of the fact the restaurant was a gift and referred to the fact that while clearing his parents’ shed out, he unearthed the rusty remains of a tricycle given to him when he was three-years-old.

Should he feel bound to keep it forever, just because it was a present from someone, especially when it has now outlived its purpose? He didn’t and promptly took it to the tip where it – and what is left of the Wish Tower Restaurant – belongs.

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SILLY me, you think I would know my Beltring Road from my Belmore Road wouldn’t you? But no, and I dropped a clanger in my column last week when I said the old Barclays Bank which has been turned into a lovely vintage and antique market was on the corner of Seaside and Beltring Road when it is, of course, on the corner with Belmore Road. Apologies and thanks to Barry Earthrowl for pointing out the error of my ways. I was obviously having a blonde day.

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MY GARDEN, all 200-plus foot of it, is a work in progress and seeing as I don’t know whether I am on foot or horseback when it comes to hedges, bushes or hardy perennials, I took myself off to ESK this week for a bit of friendly advice from Green Fingered Fred.

He happened to mention that he and his team will hopefully be designing and planting the gardens at the under-construction new St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Cross Levels Way.

A major fundraising campaign is to be launched to help pay for the gardens and Fred hopes everyone will be digging – this time into their pockets for cash to support this worthwhile project.