Eastbourne is my adopted town after retirement. I love living here and things are getting better all the time.
Like thousands of others, I was devastated watching our beloved pier burning down. I was heartened, however, by the glorious response to the appeal for donations towards the restoration fund, and didn’t hesitate to put my hand in my pocket for as long as I could manage.
Sheikh Abid Gulzar obviously loves Eastbourne as much as the rest of us. A local owner instead of some far away leisure corporation makes a lot of sense. Loud pop music, slot machines, video games and the odd stomach-churning ride are all very well for attracting the younger families during the summer months. No insult intended, Sheikh, but you are not a young man – although you have a long way to go to catch up with us, erm, oldies who live here 12 months a year. In deciding what to do with your purchase, I hope you will bear this in mind.
To those councillors who stuck their heads in the sand and said “No” to the idea of a few ‘Victorian era’ rides as a temporary measure I would say take your heads out of the sand and at least listen and give the good Sheikh every opportunity to restore our beloved pier to its former, if not much improved, glory.
Tea dances, old fashioned music hall and comedy acts spring to mind.
Maybe some of the music makers who entertained us at the bandstand in the summer would like to come back in the winter.
The possibilities are numerous and who knows this better than a local!
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