Take a look inside my box of tricks
I am one of life’s hoarders. Take a gander through one of my many “memory boxes” and you will uncover my children’s drawings from infant school, the first Valentine’s card I ever received, ticket stubs, meaningless receipts along with birthday, christening and Holy Communion cards. It’s the same at work. I have a mini Beckett Newspapers museum in drawers and a box filled with old fashioned newspaper accounts ledgers, old camera lenses from the press hall in Commercial Road and hundreds of black and white photographs of days gone by. The vast majority will never see the light of day but I am delighted that one particularly large artefact rescued by myself and colleagues during various office moves will take pride of place publicly. The wooden plaque honouring staff members at Becketts who lost their lives having left Eastbourne to fight in the Great War has been given some much needed TLC by Jo Seaman and the team at Eastbourne Heritage Service and is taking pride of place in a new exhibition starting in March. Eastbourne Remembers is the name of the expo at the Pavilion and it starts on Monday March 9. It will uncover some of the ways we have remembered and sometimes forgotten and explore commemorations and memorials spanning the last 2,000 years including of course our memorial plaque, which has been cleaned and polished with specialist wax. It looks absolutely splendid.