OUT IN THE FIELD: Uh oh, someone’s in big trouble

Police are on the lookout for thousands of blank ballot papers
Police are on the lookout for thousands of blank ballot papers

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. I bet somebody at the Essex-based printing firm which managed to have a delivery van stolen containing thousands of blank ballot papers, which were destined for Eastbourne in time for Thursday’s elections, is in hot water. Fortunately though new ones are being reprinted on different colour paper and will be at the Town Hall in good time for next week. Needless to say our intrepid team will be at the parliamentary count until the small hours of Friday morning when the MP will be announced and again on Saturday when 27 councillors on Eastbourne Borough Council will be named. You can follow all the news and results as they come in at www.eastbourneherald.co.uk and on Facebook Eastbourne Herald and Gazette.

At Eastbourne Heritage Centre from tomorrow (Saturday May 2) is a chance to see an exhibition of paintings by James Owen, a wonderful display of watercolours painted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many of which were reproduced as postcards. For the first two weeks only there will be works never seen in public before loaned by private collectors. James Owen’s great­-great ­grandson Russell will be at the centre during the first two weeks to talk to visitors about his ancestor and Yours Truly is opening the expo at 3pm on Bank Holiday Monday.

Today we say farewell to two of our colleagues here at Beckett Towers. Emily Sander who works on the reception dealing with notices for the Births, Marriages and Deaths, or Hatches, Matches and Dispatches as it is known, and journalist Russ Perkins who is retiring. We will miss them both but wish them all the best for their respective futures.

Good on the council’s Customer First team members who on hearing some mindless buffoon had daubed a swastika on a bus stop in Decoy Drive on Friday had it removed at 7.30am Saturday morning.