A year in pictures: 2015

As we get ready to say goodbye to 2015 here is our selection of some of the most memorable news photographs from the last 12 months.




Eastbourne family take visa petition to Downing Street

The parents of Andrea Gada have taken their visa battle to the Prime Minister, when they handed over a petition at Downing Street on January 27.

The petition, hosted on campaign website change.org, called for David Cameron to allow the Gada’s family to travel to the UK and attend the five-year-old’s funeral, and had been signed by 95,000 people at the time of delivery.

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Hampden Park signal box is knocked down

It was the end of an era for Hampden Park at the weekend as the village signal box was knocked down to make way for new signalling equipment.

Demolition work began late on Friday night and continued throughout the weekend until Monday morning as part of a multi million pound resignalling programme across East Sussex.

Other signal boxes being de-manned, but not demolished, over the weekend included Polegate, Berwick, Eastbourne, Normans Bay, Bexhill and Pevensey.

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Explosion after 80 grenades detonated in Eastbourne

A cache of 80 grenades discovered at a building site off of King’s Drive, has been exploded.

The discovery was made at 9am this morning after a digger picked one up, which then went off.

Firefighters, police and bomb disposal experts were called, and the cache of World War Two grenades was unearthed.

The grenades were marked ‘AW Bomb 1940’, and thought to have been phosphorus incendiary grenades created as improvised anti-tank weapons when Britain was facing invasion following the army’s evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940. They were made by chemical company Albright & Wilson in the form of bottles filled with incendiary liquid.

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Dredger attracts the crowds on Eastbourne seafront

A dredger replenishing Eastbourne’s beaches with shingle is attracting crowds on the seafront this week.

The beaches were out of bounds as hundreds of tons of gravel and pebbles were sprayed from just off-shore by the giant dredger drafted in to rebuild the town’s sea defences and damage caused by huge storms this winter.

The Dutch trailing suction hopper dredge Sospan Dau has been anchored off Eastbourne for the last week in a joint operation by the Environment Agency and Eastbourne Borough Council.

Photo by Mike Phillip.

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Caroline Ansell named new Eastbourne MP

Conservative Caroline Ansell has ousted Liberal Democrat Stephen Lloyd in a closely-fought battle to become Eastbourne’s new Member of Parliament.

She took the seat with a 733 vote majority and will be the town’s MP for the next five years.

The results were finally announced at 4.30am on Friday, May 8 after the count at the Winter Garden.

Caroline Ansell won the seat with 20,934 votes to Stephen Lloyd’s 20,201. UKIP’s Nigel Jones was third with 6,139 votes, followed by Jake Lambert (LAB) with 4,143, Andrew Durling (GREEN) with 1,351 and Paul Howard (IND) with 139.

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Hundreds bid farewell to Beryl Healy

A Civic Memorial Service was held on Monday to pay tribute to former Eastbourne mayor and politician Beryl Healy who died in a car accident earlier this month.

Hundreds of people attended the service at St Mary’s Parish Church in Old Town before a private funeral at Langney Cemetery.

Seventy-nine-year-old Mrs Healy died after being crushed by her car as she unloaded shopping on the driveway of her home in Pococks Road on the Rodmill estate on June 4.

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Youngsters dangling legs over Seven Sisters cause outrage

A photo of a group of youngsters dangling their legs over the cliff edge at Seven Sisters has sparked outrage on social media.

The image, taken by photographer Patrick Goff, was shared on Facebook and Twitter and provoked an angry reaction from members of the public, while also forcing coastal safety and rescue teams to reiterate messages about the dangers of cliffs.

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Iconic Vulcan bomber makes final Airbourne flight

The spectacular Avro Vulcan bomber is on its final tour this summer and will be entertaining crowds at Airbourne: Eastbourne’s International Airshow (August 13-16).

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Calls for speed measures after Langney car crash

A county councillor has called for more anti-speeding action on Langney roads after a car crash on Monday night.

Alan Shuttleworth, county councillor for Langney is calling on the council for a traffic survey to identify risks on the road.

The call comes after a car crashed into a home on Sevenoaks road at around 7pm on Monday August 31.

Photo by Duncan Lawson.

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Arson attack at Shinewater school

Education officials are trying to find alternative accommodation for almost 500 Eastbourne schoolchildren whose school was partially destroyed by fire in the early hours of Monday morning (October 12).

Fire swept through Shinewater Primary School and Nursery School in the early hours of Monday morning.

More than 50 firefighters worked through the night to tackle the blaze in Milfoil Drive.

Police and fire investigators say the blaze was started deliberately and by lunchtime (Monday), a 14-year-old Eastbourne boy had been arrested and was being quizzed on suspicion of arson.

Photo by Colin Banks.

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Crowds brave the rain for Lewes Bonfire night

Lewes Bonfire celebrations took place on Thursday, November 5, despite the pouring rain.

The wet weather did nothing to dampen the spirits or deter the crowds as thousands of people lined the streets enjoying the fiery displays.

The societies marched through the town in their individual processions, tossing flaming barrels and crosses in the River Ouse and holding services of remembrance at the War Memorial. They then joined the Grand Procession.

Photo by Simon Dack.

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Little Chelsea Little Christmas and Neon Noel in Eastbourne

Eastbourne’s festive lights, Neon Noel, were switched on last night (Friday) during the Little Chelsea Little Christmas spectacular.

The Town Hall in Grove Road was lit up in a stunning light show which will appear three times each day for the next eight days.

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