Eastbourne carnival set to return after 15-year break

Eastbourne Swimming Club members on their carnival float in the 1960s
Eastbourne Swimming Club members on their carnival float in the 1960s

CARNIVAL fever is in the air as organisers begin the countdown to this year’s extravaganza.

The Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival is on Saturday June 2 and will start at Sovereign Centre and process along the seafront before finishing on the Western Lawns. The theme is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee or the Olympics.

It will be the first time the town has had a carnival after a break of more than 15 years when the carnival used to be held on a Wednesday afternoon and finished with a Fair at Seaside Recreation ground.

Its resurrection follows a move by the MP’s Commission set up by Stephen Lloyd – and Dave Cooper has been appointed pageant master for the event.

Already more than 100 business, organisations and charities have said they want to be involved and organise floats and walking groups.

Mr Cooper said, “There is a huge desire in the town for a carnival. We want the event to be a success and as far as we are concerned the more the merrier.

“The event will be a great opportunity to show the town what people do whether they are a community group, charity or commercial organisation. I hope 2012 will be the first of many Eastbourne Sunshine Carnivals to come.”

Money will be collected from spectators in Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival buckets along the route with 50 per cent going towards planning next year’s event and 50 per cent going to every charity which takes part.

Entry forms for the carnival are available at the Eastbourne Gazette and Herald offices in Lismore Road or at the MP’s office, 100 Seaside Road.

Enquiries should be made by email info@eastbourne carnival.co.uk