Herald Opinion: Bank holiday sunshine... enjoy it while you can!

BREAK out the bunting, it’s time to rejoice in an event which only comes round a few times in anyone’s life and puts a smile on virtually everyone’s face - a glorious bank holiday weekend not spoilt by the weather.

April looks set to be a thoroughly memorable month, a royal wedding, a glut of very welcome bank holidays and more sun than you can shake a lolly stick at.

The boring bank holiday trip to the DIY store can wait, it’s time to enjoy some remarkable unseasonally warm spring days.

The sunshine coast looks set to be a whole lot sunnier in the next few days and as the Herald reports, it’s fantastic news for the town’s businesses.

Times are tough, as the numerous empty shops and restaurants along Terminus Road testify, but the past week and coming weekend will give Eastbourne’s traders and hoteliers a much-needed financial boost.

Temperatures are forecast to stay in the high sixties and early seventies throughout the weekend and onto Bank Holiday Monday and beyond.

So, do yourself a favour, get down to the seafront or out and about in the town, flash your milk-bottle legs, pack the factor 50 suncream and enjoy it while you can!


AN EASTBOURNE institution which is synonymous with the sunshine could also make a welcome return this summer.

After an absence of 18 months the Allchorn pleasure boats will hopefully take to sea again.

The boats have been a familiar sight on Eastbourne’s coastline for more than 140 years and a great many people in the town will have a soft spot for them.

But last year the owner of the business was forced to temporarily mothball the boats because he couldn’t afford to keep them running.

His efforts to keep the boats afloat have hit the rocks, and after having exhausted ideas, he needs help and needs it fast!

He is appealing for backing and financial support from the community.

Generations of Eastbourne residents have enjoyed the boat trips from the beach out to Beachy Head and it would be a great shame if we weren’t to see the iconic boats in action again.