Moves to revive Eastbourne Carnival

EASTBOURNE’S Carnival is to be revived after a break of more than 20 years. The MP’s Commission says there is a huge demand for it to be resurrected.

Years ago the carnival was the highlight of the year with a procession starting from the promenade up by St Bede’s - all along the seafront to Princes Park.

Bands, schools, businesses, charities and other organisations decorated floats while baton twirlers and other performers walked along beside them.

There was also an annual competition to find the carnival queen and princesses and at the same time the fair was held at Seaside Recreation Ground. Now the wheels are in motion for a Sunshine Carnival in May or June next year.

Dave Cooper is the chair of the Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival 2012 committee within the Commission and said it was time to move forward.

He said, “Eastbourne has been without a carnival for 20 years or so but there is a huge demand for it to be resurrected to celebrate our town, create a great evening, generally promote Eastbourne as a whole and provide business opportunities for our local traders.

“We have reached the stage where we are now seeking expressions of interest from potential entrants. We are looking for walking as well as motorised entrants including businesses, charities, schools, bands, community and church groups and so on.”

Organisers are now asking for initial expressions of interest from people who want to enter and anyone interested can fill in forms which are available from the MP’s office at 100 Seaside Road.