According to latest figures, Eastbourne has lost nearly a third of its pubs since 2010 with 15 pubs and bars closing their doors for good. It made me think about some particular old favourites that aren’t there anymore and may ring a bell with some of the older generation. Remember the Painted Wagon in Pevensey Road, Butlers in Bolton Road, the Rose and Crown, Archery Tavern, Beach Pub, Black Horse, the Ocean Wave? And then in more recent years, the Lodge, the Roselands club, the Parkfield and who could ever forget the Lottbridge Arms, more affectionately known as the Grotty Lotty? Like it or not, pubs are a vital part of our communities and it’s a real loss to that community spirit when a “local”, faced with an increase in financial pressures, rates and taxes closes up and eventually becomes another block of flats, housing estate or supermarket. If you have a “local” do try and support it at least once a week – and keep that very British tradition alive and the town’s economy vibrant.