Eastbourne Pier to be blessed at weekend

Abid Gulzar the owner of Eastbourne pier (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150411-172622008
Abid Gulzar the owner of Eastbourne pier (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150411-172622008

The Bishop of Lewes will perform the official blessing of Eastbourne Pier on Sunday afternoon (December 6) at 2pm.

The pier’s new owner Sheikh Abid-Gulzar said he is delighted the Right Reverend Richard Jackson will take the unique service, and is hoping the public will turn out in force.

Richard was ordained Bishop of Lewes at Westminster Abbey in May 2014.

The Bishop of Lewes has responsibility for most of East Sussex.

Mr Gulzar said, “I think a blessing of Eastbourne Pier is very apt and relevant for the town and indeed the wider community.

“I am a Muslim, my operations manager Manas is a Sikkh, and other members of staff are Christians - I want to emphasise the importance of diversity and accepting each other’s culture.

“We must all respect each other and we should all have the freedom to follow whatever religion one may wish to. But that doesn’t mean we cannot all come to together as one and join together.

“I would like the pier to be blessed with a clear message - to live together and act together.

“I want to spread the message of love, of working together, of prosperity and the fact that we all live in a democracy. We are all human beings and I want the blessing for the people of Eastbourne.”

Mr Gulzar said he is hoping this will be a popular community event.

“I really hope the locals will come and join me on this day,” said the seafront lanmark’s new owner.

“There will also be carol singing, and I want it to be a happy occasion. Please come and join us at the pier entrance at 2pm.”

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