Picnic pays respect to the past

Looking Back GBNG Picnic
Looking Back GBNG Picnic
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Members of an Eastbourne nostalgia group held a picnic on the Wish Tower slopes at the weekend.

Almost 3,000 people have now joined the Facebook group Gone But Not Forgotten – Eastbourne’s Vanished Shops and on Saturday afternoon a number of its Eastbourne members gathered on the seafront for a get together and a trip down Memory Lane.

Those who couldn’t be there also joined in the fun with their own picnics in Australia, Sweden, France, Gibraltar, Canada and America.

They included Malvine Brown, Tony Aukett, Sharon Peitz Decker, Derick Parker, Rod Boswell, Mel Magson and Tony Smith.

The group was set up by Trevor Perks and Andrew Speed and members regularly post photos of Eastbourne in its heyday.

Group administrator Shirley Moth said after the event, “Thank you to everyone who joined us on the Wish Tower slope for the first Gone But Not Forgotten Picnic and also to those that were with us in spirit.

“It was a glorious afternoon and everyone was soon chatting like old pals.”