New display on town in World War II

Evacuees on a train. Eastbourne. SUS-140527-123717001
Evacuees on a train. Eastbourne. SUS-140527-123717001
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A new exhibition on Eastbourne during the Second World War has opened and a special talk will be held to mark the 75th anniversary of the start of the conflict.

Local historian Kevin Gordon will give a talk on Front Line Eastbourne at the Heritage Centre at 2 Carlisle Road on Wednesday June 4 at 7pm.

Kevin, a leading authority on Eastbourne’s history, will give an insight into the town during World War II, the lives of the people, the aerial bombardment and threat of invasion under which they lived.

As part of Hitler’s Operation Sea Lion plan to land troops at Pevensey Bay and Cuckmere Haven, Eastbourne was the target of repeated aerial bombardment designed to reduce resistance and harassment from local defenders when the invading troops landed.

Tickets are £5 available in advance or on the door and booking is advisable as places are limited.

The Front Line Eastbourne exhibition is open from now until October 31 and draws on the book of the same title published in 1945 by Beckett Newspapers photographers.

The second talk is on Wednesday July 16 when Ian Everest, the former curator at Newhaven Fort, will give his popular talk entitled Women’s Land Army – a Sussex connection.

Once again doors open from 6pm onwards for the opportunity to see the Front Line Eastbourne exhibition, view the new ‘East of the Pier’ display, walk around the centre, and enjoy wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee and light snacks.

Eastbourne Heritage Centre is open Monday Tuesday and Thursday 2-5pm, Friday 10am-1pm and Saturday 10am-4pm. It is closed Wednesdays and Sundays.

Admission to the Centre, cinema and Front Line Eastbourne is £2.50 for adults, Senior/Student £2, Child £1, Family £5 (up to two adults and three children.

Tickets include one free second visit within 28 days. Call 411189 or go to