People steam along to an incredible event

Steampunk 2014 SUS-140915-091039001
Steampunk 2014 SUS-140915-091039001

Eastbourne’s first Steampunk Festival was hailed a success as hundreds headed down to the seafront to enjoy the eclectic range of entertainment on offer at the weekend.

The event, which billed itself as an ‘indelible, incredible festival of curiosities and wonders’, took place from the Wish Tower slopes to the pier, filling the promenade with music, dancing and stalls on Saturday and Sunday.

Entertainment included live music, drummers, acrobats, stilt walkers, a Victorian-style fairground and Circus Pizaz. There was also a life-size replica of the Time Machine and Pepper’s Ghost Magic Lantern Show.

Event manager Nick Morris said, “This is our first time out. We basically saw a niche in the market. There’s an incredible Victorian heritage in this town and one that has been used for various events but we wanted to offer it in a new light to a different demographic in the town.

“We’re aspiring over the coming years to develop it from a weekend to a week-long event, taking over theatres and clubs through the town and try to make it part of the Eastbourne calendar.

“This is a community event, not for profit, and the money that is raised will go to Eastbourne Epilepsy and to the YMCA in Eastbourne.”

The festival was organised by Eastbourne Bonfire Society in association with Eastbourne and Hailsham Steampunkers Industrial Pioneers and some of the money raised will also go towards paying for this year’s bonfire.

Visit www.eastbourneherald.co.uk for a video of the event.