Remember your loved ones at Christmas

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The Rotary Tree of Light will be illuminated outside the Congress Theatre again this year.

The tree will be covered in dozens of white lights and members of the public are invited to tie a white ribbon to a branch in memory of someone special.

The dedication ceremony takes place at 4pm on December 1 when Stephen Lloyd, MP for Eastbourne, officially turns on the lights. It is a simple ceremony with readings and poems, singing from the Ratton Chamber Choir, carols played by the Salvation Army band and time to tie ribbons and reflect on special memories of loved ones. Eastbourne College Chaplin Reverend Christopher Macdonald blesses the tree and free refreshments are supplied by Eastbourne Rotarians. Counsellors from CRUSE, the bereavement charity, are also on hand to give support where needed.

This will be the 15th year of the Tree of Light, which has not only brought comfort to families but also raised money for local charities.

The project is run by the Rotary Clubs of Eastbourne AM, Beachy Head, Eastbourne, and Eastbourne Sovereign and is supported by local businesses including PJ Skips, Brewers, The Arndale Centre, The Rattonians, Pommodoro e Mozzarella, The Lansdowne Hotel, The Langham Hotel, Town Property, WSI, Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway, Ellis Builders, Langney Shopping Centre, Stephen Rimmer and Co. and Reid and Dean.

Each person dedicating a light is invited to write a message which is put in a book of remembrance which is placed in Eastbourne Library for people to view through the year or on the website set up to support the tree, on www.eastbournetreeoflight.co.uk .

Dedications can be made through the website or by completing a form available from the Congress Theatre Foyer or in the Eastbourne Herald.