Mayor’s annual fundraising dinner dance

“Forget the sandbags and put on your glad rags” – that’s the message from Eastbourne Mayor Cllr Mike Thompson about his annual fundraising dinner dance.

The WW2-themed entertainment extravaganza is being held on March 14 in aid of Cllr Thompson’s chosen charities, Chloe’s Fight for Sight and the Matthew 25 Mission.

The Winter Garden will be transformed into the Air Raid Shelter Club for the event and will feature authentic music and food, including a modern take on the Woolton Pie.

There will be a diverse range of attractions including swing music and comedy. Funnyman Tucker, last seen in Eastbourne’s sell out panto Aladdin, will be there to keep the laughs coming.

Guests will able to dance to wartime favourites including the Jitterbug, Lambeth Walk, Hokey Cokey and even Knees Up Mother Brown, and enjoy performances by EODs and Bourne Chorus.

Cllr Thompson said, “This is my second year as mayor and I am determined that my main fundraising event will be a great success. The evening will be packed with top rate entertainment and laughs so I hope as many people as possible come along. There will be lots of surprises but you have got to be there to find out what they are!”

Tickets for the WW2 Party, which starts at 7.30pm, cost £45 with discounts for tables of 10 and are available by calling 415020 or by emailing

The Matthew 25 Mission is a community based group assisting people in need and offers practical help and support to anyone, regardless of race, religion or gender.

Chloe Laslett, from Eastbourne, has been losing her sight due to a rare condition and her family and friends are raising money to pay for research and help make Chloe’s life easier through their Fight for Sight campaign.