The cast of Birds of a Feather took time out of their busy schedule to enjoy tea at Eastbourne’s premier hotel.
The original Essex girls, Lesley Joseph and Linda Robson, were celebrting English Tourism Week which ran from March 16 to 24.
They had a busy week performing at Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre and enjoyed a break to discover what special treats the town offers travellers with a visit to The Grand.
Lesley and Linda sampled an afternoon tea at the five-star hotel, which has been dubbed ‘Downton-by-Sea’ straight after the Thursday afternoon matinee at the Congress Theatre, where they performed all last week.
English Tourism Week was set up by VisitEngland and is a week long celebration of events.
Tourism is a major part of the Eastbourne economy; 4.9 million visitors come to the town each year and spend an average of £261 million annually. With £102 million is spent just by day visitors alone. Eastbourne thrives on tourism as it brings over 7,000 jobs to Eastbourne and a whopping £346 million to the local economy.
Lesley has been to Eastbourne before, most recently for the very popular Calendar Girls, and loves the seaside town.
She said, “I really love being by the sea.
“I have been to Eastbourne before and I just love walking along the front and stopping off somewhere for a cup of tea and fish and chips.”
The pai were delighted to be part of the celebrations during their tour which played to packed houses at the Congress Theatre.
More West End shows are confirmed for the towns theatres. For the summer season visit www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk or call the box office on 01323 412000.
l Depsite a successful run of the Birds of a Feather show, Linda was was ill on stage with a virus on the last night at The Congress Theatre.