Dedicate a ribbon to a loved one at town’s Tree of Light

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A special Christmas tree in front of the Congress Theatre will be illuminated by a host of white lights in memory of loved ones next month.

The popular Tree of Lights takes place each year before Christmas and it is back on December 6 this year.

The event, which starts at 4pm, gives people the chance to dedicate a white ribbon on the tree to a loved one they want to remember.

It is organised by the Rotary Clubs of Eastbourne, which includes , Beachy head Rotary Club, Eastbourne AM Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Eastbourne, Rotary Club of Eastbourne Sovereign and Rotary Club of Sovereign Harbour.

There is no charge for a dedication but the event supports charity and those making dedications can make a donation to the causes Rotary supports.

Anyone wishing to dedicate a light in memory of a loved one or in honour of a friend or colleague is asked to submit their dedication on the form.

Forms can be found online at

People will gather outside The Congress Theatre on December 6 at 4pm for a special dedication service.

At the service, those who have made dedications will have the opportunity to tie a white ribbon on to the tree.

The service will include readings, singing from the Ratton School Chamber Choir and The Salvation Army band.

The names of those included in the dedications will be entered in a book of remembrance.

December 2014 was the 15th year that a tree has been erected by Rotary in Eastbourne.

Organisers say the tree is an important part of the town’s festivities because it brings comfort to families and individuals throughout the area as well as raising money for local charities. The tree is not just about raising money but giving service to the people of Eastbourne.

The book or remembrance is located in Eastbourne Library and available to view online at Names from the Tree of Light’s 15-year history are recorded and

The Tree of Light has a number of sponsors and supporters each year.

The Rotary Clubs of Eastbourne have said a special thank you to the sponsors past and present.

Their generosity in 2014 enabled the Rotary Clubs to donate a total of £6,000.

Macmillan Cancer Support, Action Medical Research, Starlight Children’s Foundation, East Sussex Cruse and Canine Partners all benefited from the Christmas memorial event.

Last year David Barker, fundraising chair of East Sussex Cruse, said, “Words cannot express how delighted I was to receive the very generous cheque from the Rotary Clubs of Eastbourne.

“To say thrilled would be an under statement and as you know will help our cause so very much as we are so much in need of funds.”

Cruse Bereavement Care’s vision is that all bereaved people have somewhere to turn when someone dies. Its branches offer free and confidential services provided by trained volunteers.

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