Dedicate a ribbon to a lost loved one at Eastbourne's annual Tree of Light

The annual Rotary Tree of Light will give people the chance to make dedications to loved ones.

Thursday, 22nd November 2018, 3:42 pm
Updated Thursday, 22nd November 2018, 4:47 pm
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The Christmas tree will still be outside The Congress Theatre as usual, despite refurbishment works to the theatre.

The official light switch on will take place on December 2 at 4pm outside The Towner Art Gallery.

This is the 20th year that the Rotary Clubs in Eastbourne have come together to organise a special tree giving the community an opportunity to remember a loved one at Christmas time.

Melanie Adams, one of the organisers, said, “The project is important because it not only to raises funds for local charities but to give an opportunity to come together in a positive environment with music and poems and a chance to tie a ribbon to the tree, remembering someone no longer with us.”

There will be music from The Salvation Army, The Marcus Plant ensemble and The Rattonians.

The project has raised more than £100,000 over the years and supported many worthy charities including St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Children With Cancer, The Samaritans, CRUSE bereavement charity and Cancer Research UK.

Local businesses have continued to support this project by contributing to the cost over the years and many visitors have come to the dedication service to tie their white ribbons.

Dedications can be made on the day by completing a form or online through the website at or on the Eastbourne Tree of Light Facebook page.

Melanie Adams added, “It doesn’t take long to remember someone you miss this Christmas, so make your dedication which will go on the website and in the Book of Remembrance at Eastbourne Library.

“Join us on December 2 to tie your ribbon to the tree.”

PJ Skips, Brewers, Pomodoro Mozzarella, Eastbourne Miniature Railway, Town Property, Chatfields Jewellers, Signtek, Hastings Direct, The Langham, The Lansdowne, Life Media, Fresh Cleaning, Gradient Consultants, Lotus Labels, WSI, Lawson Lewis Blakers, and The Rattonians all contribute to the success of the event. Peter and Pip Baker-Beal have supported the Tree for many years.