Drummers sign up to entertain torch day crowds

Pentacle Drummers
Pentacle Drummers
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LOCAL bands and entertainers are being invited to sign up for street performances along the Eastbourne route of the Olympic Torch on Tuesday, July 17.

First to pledge their support are the The Pentacle Drummers (pictured) – some of whom have previously appeared in music videos for Dizzee Rascal and Florence and the Machine.

They will perform, complete with their traditional green and red tatter coats and face make-up, at the pier.

Greg Draven, of the Pentacle Drummers, said, “We love our home town and the Olympic torch coming to Eastbourne is a once in a lifetime event that we are honoured and thrilled to be a part of.”

Organisers are encouraging local bands, choirs and musicians to volunteer and join in the fun at key points along the route. Bands will be asked to perform for waiting crowds at their allocated spot between 3pm and 4.45pm, and be part of Eastbourne’s celebration.

TV cameras will capture the journey of the torch through Eastbourne, with live footage displayed via giant TV screen for crowds in Princes Park.

The torch relay arrives in Eastbourne at 3.18pm on Kings Drive and departs at 4.35pm at Monarch Gardens, opposite the Crumbles Retail Park.

The festivities include a free party in Princes Park from 11am to 5pm with a full day of sporting action from Eastbourne Sports Centres who will run free activities including football, athletics, tennis, table tennis and basketball, plus the Play Ranger will include fun activities for kids.

A live roadshow will feature music, fun and games with a live band performance and audience members can even join in the fun and appear on the big screen themselves.

Children are being encouraged to make their own flame shakers, maracas, flaming headdresses and hats with ‘how to’ guides on the website, and schools and organisations can access schools resources online and order their own free celebration packs, featuring bunting, flags and banners.

To volunteer, musicians should contact the Events team on 415442 or email Andrew.tourle@eastbourne.gov.uk.