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The former Powerplay shop in Terminus Road Eastbourne has been 'Spruced Up' by the local campaign group 'Spruce Up Squad'  April 11th 2013 E15141P
The former Powerplay shop in Terminus Road Eastbourne has been 'Spruced Up' by the local campaign group 'Spruce Up Squad' April 11th 2013 E15141P

The latest empty shop to be given a facelift has been unveiled by the Spruce Up Squad.

It is next to McDonalds in Terminus Road and is the fourth shopfront for the team of volunteers who brighten up Eastbourne’s empty shops.

The theme of the display is the bonfire and torchlit procession that happens in Eastbourne every October and members of the Eastbourne Bonfire Society, which organises the procession, dressed as pirates and helped the Spruce Up Squad.

Squad spokesperson Will Callaghan, “We wanted to celebrate the great work Eastbourne Bonfire Society does every year. The torchlit procession is an awesome spectacle and the whole town should get behind it.”

Girls from Moira House School in Eastbourne took photographs which are used in the display on the shop front.

A spokesperson at Moira House said, “The students were thrilled to be involved. It was a fantastic opportunity for them to produce photographic work outside of their academic coursework and show it to the public.”

Will said the idea of all the displays is to brighten up Eastbourne but also to share the story of the town with visitors.

Past displays have featured the 2012 Sunshine Carnival in what was Quality Seconds in Terminus Road, the Airbourne extravaganza and the weekly street market which takes place at the top end of Terminus Road.

The Spruce Up Squad is now calling on landlords of empty shops to contact them so they can continue their work in making empty shop fronts more attractive.

Will said, “We’re calling on landlords and agents to help us find empty shops to spruce up. Getting the displays together is easy, getting permission for shops is the hard part and we’d really welcome their support.”

Further information on the Spruce Up Squad is at www.eastbournecan.com/spruceup/