Her Majesty the Queen has sent a letter expressing her “warm wishes to Eastbourne” on its 700 year anniversary of being granted a market charter.
The Queen wrote to the Chamber of Commerce in response to a letter received from the organisation’s president Tim Cobb and chief executive Christina Ewbank informing her of the fact the town is celebrating 700 years of being granted a market charter, and some of the activities planned for this festive season in the town including Neon Noel and the Christmas Market.
The two were delighted to receive a note back from the Palace saying Her Majesty was interested to learn how the local trading heritage of Eastbourne was to be celebrated and sent her warm wishes.
Tim said, “The original market charter was granted to Bartholow de Badlesmere in 1315 for a Thursday market. Unfortunately, he turned out to be a traitor, who rose up against King Edward II.
“He was tried in Canterbury, found guilty on the 14th of April 1322 and then hung. We assured Her Majesty in our letter that we remained her loyal and humble servants.”
Christina said “We are delighted to have received a letter from the Queen’s Household. We wrote to Her Majesty as we wanted to reassure her the town was determined to celebrate its 700 year trading history. In our letter, we explained our exciting plans including the Christmas market and Neon Noel”
The Chamber of Commerce is behind a spectacular show of colour and sound to be projected onto the Town Hall Clock Tower titled Neon Noel every night at 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm from December 4-13 with traditional gifts and local entertainment.
The Chamber is also organising a Christmas Market at the Bandstand from December 9-13.
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