Record year for town as bandstand reopens

Abba Tribute band, Eastbourne bandstand SUS-140705-100651001
Abba Tribute band, Eastbourne bandstand SUS-140705-100651001

Eastbourne enjoyed a busy Bank Holiday weekend with a record year for Magnificent Motors and one of the busiest tribute night launches in recent years.

Reaching maximum capacity on Sunday, Magnificent Motors was full to the brim with more than 300 cars on Saturday and more than 400 on Sunday.

Visitor numbers also reached a record high with 30,000 attending over the two day show, with the ‘Folk is not a Rude Word’ music line-up on stage proving particularly popular on the Saturday.

A red converted London Routemaster bus provided a motoring themed licensed bar and the Continental Market near the Pier provided a wide range of stalls for visitors to browse.

The Bandstand reopened on Friday night following its winter restoration works, complete with a brand new finial, and hosted an Abba tribute show and firework display to celebrate the start of the season.

The full arena attracted dancing Abba fans of all ages, with a spectacular pyrotechnics display at the end of the show.

The Pavilion and Redoubt Fortress enjoyed increased footfall with The Pavilion reporting its busiest day on record, as visitors toured the Eastbourne Ancestors exhibition and enjoyed food, refreshments and even jugs of Pimms on the terrace.

Eastbourne Borough Council Senior Head of Tourism & Leisure, Tracey McNulty said, “The sunshine and a packed events programme brought fantastic crowds to Eastbourne this weekend.

“Some strong online promotions throughout March and April have also had a fantastic effect with a recent increase in online bookings.

“It’s great to see these visitors out and about, providing an early season boost along the seafront.

“It was also fantastic to see the Bandstand so busy with Abba fans after the recent restorations. We look forward to a busy season!”