Seafront fireworks display to see in the new year discussed

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Residents in Eastbourne may have the chance to see in the New Year with a special firework display on the seafront after Councillor Philip Ede presented the idea to the council this week.

After the devastating loss of the pier on Wednesday, July 30, Cllr Ede felt the town’s population could do with an uplifting boost and something to look forward to during the dark winter months.

He said, “I feel that although the summer events programme and good weather will carry us through the next few weeks, the time when the pier’s loss and burned-out appearance will be having the most negative effect will be during the winter months.

“In this context I am convinced that a New Year’s Eve fireworks display would be a useful antidote.

“It’s focal point would be the seafront, at the same site on which the Airbourne Fireworks were launched last year and would hopefully provide the town with a feeling of renewal and optimism about the seafront, heralding in the New Year in a way 
that no other seaside town does.”

Cllr Ede floated the idea earlier in the year with a largely positive response, especially from the Eastbourne Hospitality Association, but there is no provision for it in the existing service and financial planning budget for 2014/15.

The fireworks would be set off from the beach below the Wish Tower slopes and, based on Airbourne and other firework displays, would cost in the region of £10,000.