Eastbourne’s strength is education

It is not unusual to overhear a knee-hugging teenager sat on the pavement on a street corner moaning about what a dump Eastbourne is.

I think Eastbourne’s strength is not in its harbour or business park plan. It lies as ever in its reputation for health and education.

Running uphill to the Downs, you pass by a war memorial gate, which was once Ascham School. That was named after Roger Ascham, who wrote his classic little manual, The Schoolmaster. He was prompted to write it after a dinner conversation at Windsor Castle with a Government minister about boys running away from Eton.

That last sentence shows the importance of going to school. “He was prompted to write it after a dinner conversation about boys running away from Eton at Windsor Castle with a Government minister.” is ludicrous.

ANDREW SOMERVILLE,

Upperton Gardens.