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Greg Draven SUS-180208-153206001

Sweet success for Eastbourne star of Haribo advert

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.

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Mykee-D at his home in Pevensey Bay after appearing on the TV show "The Voice of Kids"(Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-180719-101219008

Put loyalties aside to find killer of Eastbourne mother and son

In my book, loyalty, either to family or friends, is one of the most important qualities a person can have. But sometimes that loyalty needs to be replaced with a different virtue – loyalty to truth, integrity and justice. With the tragic death in Eastbourne of Gina Ingles and her little boy Milo in a house fire started deliberately, police are convinced that somebody somewhere knows something about who was behind it. Some people might call it “grassing” or “dobbing” their mate or partner in but that kind of loyalty is blind and clearly misplaced when you think that a little boy, an innocent child, died along with his young mother and another person is so poorly they have been put into an induced coma. Yes, somebody knows who did it. And to them, I would say never let your feelings get in the way of seeing things as they really are. And do the right thing.

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DUNGERNESS LIFEBOAT ARRIVES EASTBOURNE HARBOUR WITH 9 IMMIGARNTS ON BOARD SUS-180102-084836001

People power wins the day on parking

As excited as I am about the new Bistrot Pierre restaurant being built soon at the Wish Tower, I do feel Eastbourne council has somewhat dropped the ball and been a little too hasty in closing the hugely popular Western View cafe on the seafront site. It shut its doors at the close of play on Sunday afternoon and council bosses say that only through closing the Western View can preparatory site explorations begin. The eatery was hugely popular and brought in a lot of money to council coffers. Fear not though as you won’t go thirsty if you are visiting because the lovely silver Airstream vehicle will be serving refreshments instead. But bearing in mind the planning application for Bistrot Pierre has only just gone in to the council and won’t be decided upon until at least September, lots of folk will be keeping a beady eye out at the Wish Tower to make sure the exploratory work gets underway sooner rather than later.

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Nature Valley International Tennis at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-180628-095524008

OUT IN THE FIELD: Theatre closes, a new museum and loving Eastbourne in the sunshine

They say a new broom sweeps clean and while it is a terrible shame the Under Ground Theatre had to close suddenly this week due to issues with leases and so on, it’s good to hear there is a new guard taking over the helm at the venue. It has however left some shows without anywhere to perform and one in particular is a Macmillan Cancer Support fundraiser in September organised by Maureen Kilgour in memory of her son who died in 2005. All the performers are signed up and the only thing missing is a venue. If you can help Maureen stage the show and raise much needed funds for people living with cancer and their families in Eastbourne email mkilgour@hotmail.co.uk or call 640955. And hopefully pretty soon, everything will have been sorted and performers and musicians alike will soon be treading the boards again at this popular little jewel in Eastbourne’s crown.

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