DID you know that W.G.Grace played cricket where the Arndale Centre now stands?
Or that the town once boasted a Men’s Nude Diving Cub? Or that a local rower set the world record for sculling the Channel?
These, and many other, facts are revealed in an exhibition celebrating Eastbourne’s Sporting History, currently on show at The Heritage Centre, 2 Carlisle Road.
The exhibition was put together by Owen Boydell, with help and support from most of the town’s leading sports clubs and others.
Chelsea College, which has produced many outstanding sportsmen and women down the years, occupies a major place in the exhibition.
The record-setting rower was Ivor Lloyd, a leading member of Eastbourne Rowing Club, who is now managing director of Dorney Water, scene of memorable Olympic triumphs.
Eastbourne’s sports clubs boast long histories. The Rowing Club was established in 1865, the Devonshire Park Tennis Club in 1874, the Hockey Club in 1889, Eastbourne Town FC in 1881, and Eastbourne Rovers Cycling Club in 1894.
Many of these were represented at a reception to mark the opening of the exhibition.
Owen Boydell thanked all concerned, including Ken McEwan, former sports editor of the Herald and Gazette, for their help in assembling the display.
The exhibition continues until October 27, 2pm-5pm all days except Wednesdays and Sundays. Admission is £2.50.