Only two weeks ago I mentioned the C word and now there’s more Christmas lights, nodding Santas and twinkling stars than you can wave a tinselled wand at. The festive fun and frolics officially kick off in Field Towers on December 1 when the decorations go up or Meads Magic is held, whichever comes first and then it’s a whirl of parties, drinkies and shopping. This year there looks like there will be several independent sparkles of magic and not only do we have the Meads festivities but also Motcombe Magic and Alfriston’s Deck the Halls. I know we have a nice shopping centre but it’s good to see people supporting independent traders who offer that something different. There may be no Little Chelsea Little Christmas or Neon Noel this year but Grove Road and South Street are both still very much open for business. Independent traders need your business as if we don’t use them we will end up with even more multi-national chain cafes and charity shops.
The Remembrance Service at the War Memorial was jam packed with somewhere in the region of 5,000 people paying their respects to the fallen on what was the 100th anniversary of the First World War Armistice. It was very moving and wonderful to see so many young people there. I am no longer the fittest fairy in the forest so thanks to young Lillia who took this photo for me from the wall she was standing on to watch the service. Like many others who attended the service, we took shelter from the drizzle in Wetherspoons. The queues for the bar were expected but if anyone from management is reading, they could do with another coffee and tea machine.
If you’ve ever watched the wingwalkers soaring above Eastbourne during the airshow and wished it could be you performing at speeds of 130mph on the wing of a plane at 1,000ft, then all your dreams could come true as a new team member is sought. We are told the successful candidate will receive full training in the art of wingwalking, so no previous experience is required. The successful candidate must be between 4ft and 5ft 4ins tall, weigh no more than 8½ stone, and have a dance background. Thankfully I am far too tall for the job.
The Salvation Army and Eastbourne Herald’s Tin and Toy Appeal begins tomorrow and we would be terribly grateful if when you are doing your weekly shop, you could buy an extra tin or something non-perishable or even a toy and drop it in the collection box in your local supermarket. This is the 20th year we have run the appeal and while there are some fabulously generous people out there, donations have dropped in recent years. If you can spare something it would be wonderful. By giving a little you could make Christmas brighter for families in need as well as homeless and vulnerable people.
Finally the birthday shout out to Lee Peskett, Debbie Hanson, Sarah Halbhuber, Theresa Feeney, Adie Norwood, Matt Townshend and the lovely Leesa Pattison.