Pokémon Go takes over Eastbourne pier

Meet pikachu on Eastbourne pier. Photo credit Emily Louise SUS-160922-120053001
Meet pikachu on Eastbourne pier. Photo credit Emily Louise SUS-160922-120053001

Prepare to meet Pikachu on Eastbourne pier for a charity day of Pokémon Go madness.

PokéPier Go will feature a human-sized version of the popular Pokémon, as well as cosplayers and non-stop lures for those who want to catch ‘em all, all in aid of Polegate charity Children with Cancer Fund.

Pokémon enthusiasts are encouraged to spin their hats backwards and proudly represent their teams at the event , which is free entry and will run from 2-4pm on September 24.

An exclusive Pokémon-themed playlist will be playing through the pier’s speakers, and those who want to be “the very best, like no one ever was,” are asked to donate to the charity buckets present.

The pier has proven to be a honeypot for rare Pokémon, with sightings of Aerodactyl, Pikachu, Charmander and the ever-elusive Dragonite.

The event is organised by Eastbourne Lions Hotel group and volunteers from Eastbourne Pokémon Go are helping out on the day.

Event co-organiser Stephen Kent said, “I am thrilled that Eastbourne’s iconic Pier will be playing host to the town’s first big, unofficial Pokémon event since the massively successful Pokémon GO game was released.

“With the Eastbourne Pokémon GO Facebook group having over 1,300 members alone, we know it will be popular with many of them, as well as other families and groups of people coming to the pier to meet Pikachu and (hopefully!) catch some rarer Pokémon that appear from the lures.”

Children with Cancer Fund’s aim is to grant wishes to children up to the age of 18, and their families, who have, or have had, cancer and who primarily live in East Sussex, Brighton and Hove.

Pokémon Go is a hit mobile game that allows players to catch the creatures in real life, battle it out at ‘gyms’ and explore nearby ‘Pokéstops’.

To find out more about Eastbourne Poképier Go, search for their event under that name on Facebook, and join Facebook group Pokémon GO! Eastbourne for the latest events.

For more information about the charity, www.childrenwithcancerfund.org.uk.

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