EASTBOURNE mayor councillor Carolyn Heaps was guest of honour at the Eastbourne and South Wealden MS Society Christmas lunch at the Langham Hotel.
She praised the work of the branch and wished members a Happy Christmas before visiting all the tables and saying a personal hello to guests. There was a record attendance at the lunch to which guests were welcomed by chairman Joyce Milton. A farewell presentation of flowers, gifts and a certificate was made to the long-serving day services manager of the branch, Margaret Barrett, who is retiring at the end of the month. A presentation was also made to Eve Potter, who has stepped down after many years as a volunteer. A raffle raised more than £200 for branch funds.