Olympic bits and bobs up for grabs

Olympics fans are being offered the chance to own some of Eastbourne’s unwanted London 2012 banners.

Eastbourne Borough Council splashed out tens of thousands of pounds on officially branded decorations for when the Olympic Torch relay snaked its way through the town earlier this year.

Thousands of people lined the streets to cheer on the runners, who included local fundraiser Sue O’Hara and chart sensation Rizzle Kicks, and catch a glimpse of the iconic flame en route to the capital.

Now people who want a lasting reminder of the town’s special day after being encouraged to send their Olympic memories to Eastbourne Borough Council for a chance to receive some of the London 2012 branded stock which includes flags, banners and bunting.

The town hall tourism team wants locals to email their stories in or submit them via the council’s Facebook site and everyone who does will be entered into a random draw to win one of 175 remaining items.

The comments will then be published online as a treasure trove of stories from a momentous year, with the council hoping they will act as an inspiration for future generations.

The authority’s head of tourism, Councillor Carolyn Heaps, said, “The fantastic support from residents at this year’s Olympic events was such a proud moment for the town and truly heart warming. It was wonderful to see so many line the streets for the Olympic torch and the atmosphere was simply amazing.

“We’ve had lots of people asking for pieces of Olympic branding so I am delighted we can share this with everyone and produce our collective story from a wonderful year.”

To leave your memories visit www.facebook.com/VisitEastbourne, email competitions@eastbourne.gov.uk or post to Olympic Memories, Tourism Development, 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne. Memories should be 50 words or less.