Thousands expected at huge ‘999’ event

Members of the emergency services line up to promote the event
Members of the emergency services line up to promote the event

EASTBOURNE is gearing up for the biggest emergency services event in the country which is expected to attract thousands of families to Western Lawns.

This year sees East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service leading on the 999 weekend, which is being held on July 2 and 3 and promises to be even bigger and better than ever.

The service is teaming up with Sussex Police, South East Coast Ambulance Service, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, RNLI and supported by Eastbourne Borough Council for the mammoth event and a dedicated website has already been set-up listing a full schedule of the weekend’s events, which can be viewed at

Just some of the treats in store for the weekend include an opening ceremony with an emergency vehicle cavalcade kicking off the spectacular array of events. A dog display is sure to be a huge crowd pleaser, along with the public order and chip pan fire scenario.

A road traffic collision display will help to highlight the importance of road safety and the important work of the emergency services involved at crash scenes.

Now in its 24th consecutive year, the free annual event is always a hit with local families, with its winning format seeing a weekend of interactive and static information being offered from the three main emergency services together with the RNLI and HMCoastguard.

As always, there promises to be something for all the family with an information marquee, outdoor exhibits, arena and sea-based demonstrations, fairground rides, refreshments and a French Market close by.

It’s expected that up to 20,000 visitors could turn up over the two days and the show’s location on the seafront also draws tourists both staying in the resort and visiting for the day.

Traders and companies are also being offered a unique opportunity to exhibit on the open air site. Pitches can remain in place overnight and even be set up on Friday July 1.