Town gears up for 999 event at the Western Lawns

The team prepare for the 999 event
The team prepare for the 999 event

A daring cliff rescue and breathtaking simulations will form part of this weekend’s (July 6 - July 7) 999 Emergency Services Display at the Western Lawns.

This year is the 26th consecutive year that the event has run at the location on the seafront and it will be offering the crowds the chance to get a real insight into what life’s like in the Emergency Services.

The free event, sponsored by Crime Reduction Partnership, brings together teams from Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS), South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAMB), The Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the RNLI.

Visitors to the two day event, which is expected to draw in thousands of people from across the region, can enjoy demonstrations from the RNLI and the Coastguards, the dogs display from Sussex Police, the Road Traffic Collision team, and a CPR demonstration from SECAMB.

There’s plenty for all the family, with the chance of meeting members of the Emergency Services and looking at their vehicles on the Western Lawns.

In addition there will be a cavalcade of several classic emergency service vehicles on both days from Fisherman’s Green to the show site.

Visitors will also witness breathtaking simulations, including a daring cliff rescue, and there will be a fairground and Top Gear simulator.

The popular display has been organised by Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, RNLI and supported by Eastbourne Borough Council.

The charity Samaritans will have a stall at the 999 Emergency Services Display and will be holding a mobile phone competition, as well as a Sad Face/Happy Face play sheet for younger children, surveys, having a quiet corner in its marquee and will be there for anyone who wants to talk to them and find out more.

Councillor Carolyn Heaps said, “The 999 display is a favourite in the local calendar allowing visitors to see how the emergency teams work.”

Visitors will be entertained on Saturday by the Gadzooks band, followed by the Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band on Sunday. Refreshments will also be available on both days on site. The event runs from 11am until 5pm.

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