The council has been amazing, says pier trader

Military Heroes Trust staff members Kay Healy & Carol Lewis SUS-140819-121709001
Military Heroes Trust staff members Kay Healy & Carol Lewis SUS-140819-121709001

Eastbourne Pier trader Sammy Morgan praised Eastbourne Borough Council following a successful weekend at Airbourne.

The Military Heroes Trust chief executive was given a temporary stall for her teddy bear factory, along with all traders who were affected by the Eastbourne Pier blaze.

Stalls were provided free of charge, meaning the council had to shell out a reported figure of around £30,000.

“The council has been amazing,” Ms Morgan said.

“I’ve never seen a council jump in like they have anywhere in the country.

“They provided us with what they had and they couldn’t have done any more.

“Everything could have been a complete disaster this weekend, what with everything that has happened with the fire but it was an amazing weekend.”

The teddy bears produced by the factory are all sold in aid of the Military Heroes Trust charity. Ms Morgan, who served as a soldier with 31 Signal Regiment, revealed she had managed to sell more than 60 bears and raised nearly £5,000 over the weekend.

The factory was only opened four weeks prior to the Eastbourne Pier fire and after a period of uncertainty as to the future, the factory was swiftly re-located to a temporary unit in Grove Road by the council.

Immediately after the fire she was unsure as to whether or not to stay in the town but after seeing first hand the efforts of the council she says she sees her future in Eastbourne.

“All of our future now lies in Eastbourne because of the way the council has responded,” she added. “But not only that, support from the local people has been amazing too. It’s such an area of historic value. People in Eastbourne have an honourable history.”

Ms Morgan is also currently working on a concert to help raise money for a museum to commemorate war casualties.

She is publishing a book of poetry along with an album using the poetry as lyrics.

For more information, visit the website at www.militaryhe