Dedications for loved ones at Eastbourne’s Tree of Light Rotary event

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Crowds flocked to the annual Rotary Tree of Light last weekend to make dedications to lost loved ones.

The Christmas tree stands outside The Congress Theatre as usual, despite refurbishment works to the theatre.

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The official light switch on took 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 was 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.

The service is a popular and moving event which is also attended by local dignitaries , including Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd, who spoke at this year’s dedication ceremony.

The names of those people who have had a dedication made to them are now on the website and in the Book of Remembrance at Eastbourne Library.

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 its success.

For more information visit the webiste at www.eastbournetreeoflight.co.uk or on the Eastbourne Tree of Light Facebook page.