Tree will be lit up on Sunday

Tree of light
Tree of light

THE EASTBOURNE Rotary Tree of Light will be switched on outside the Congress Theatre on Sunday (December 12) at 4pm.

It will be covered in dozens of white lights, as Rotary clubs throughout the town have invited people to dedicate a light in memory of a loved one.

The tree will be officially switched on by Eastbourne’s deputy mayor, Margaret Salsbury.

The Salvation Army Band will be performing, with youngsters from Ratton School Choir singing.

The ceremony will be lead by founder president of Eastbourne AM Rotary Club, Melanie Adams and Member of Parliament for Eastbourne Stephen Lloyd will also attend.

At the end of the dedication service Eastbourne College Chaplin Reverend Christopher Macdonald will bless the tree and attendees are invited to tie white ribbons.

Counsellors from CRUSE bereavement charity are also at the ceremony giving support where needed.

This is the 12th year that a tree has been erected by Rotary in Eastbourne and it has brought comfort to families and individuals throughout the area as well as raising money for local charities.

The magnificent tree has been donated by PJ Skips and sponsored by local businesses including Eastbourne College, Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway, Pomodoro e Mozzarella, WSI, Brewers, The Lansdown Hotel, Reid and Dean, Langney Shopping Centre, Club Class, Natural Fitness Centre, More Than Handy, Skoschool, Sunrise and Festive Illuminations.

The sponsorship ensures that all donations received go to charity and this year Rotary’s main benefactor is Chestnut Tree House, Children’s Hospice.

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 in the Congress Theatre Foyer.