Trip down Memory Lane at giant picnic

picnic eastbourne
picnic eastbourne

A giant picnic was held on the Wish Tower slopes on Saturday afternoon for members of the online nostalgia group Gone But Not Forgotten – Eastbourne’s Vanshed Shops.

Almost 3,000 people have joined the group where people post memories and photographs of Eastbourne in days gone by and a large number of members gathered at the seafront location at the weekend to talk about old times and meet old friends.

Members living abroad also held their own picnics.

Vanessa Hoath in Australia held a picnic by the pool as did Malvine Brown in France, Tony Aukett in Illinois, Sharon Peitz Decker in Texas, Derick Parker in Vancouver, Rod Boswell in Sweden, Mel Magson in Arizona, Tony Smith in Tonypandy and Rocky Malone, who is disabled and stopped for a picnic during a riding lesson with horse Rose.

Anabela Andrade and Ros Suarez in Spain also enjoyed a cuppa and posted their photos online.

The group was started by Trevor Perks and Andrew Speed and its membership has steadily grown.

Administrator Shirley Moth said, “Thank you to everyone who joined us on the Wish Tower slopes for the first Gone But Not Forgotten Picnic and also to those that were with us in spirit and who’ve posted photos on the Facebook page.

“It was a glorious afternoon and everyone was soon chatting like old pals. We really must have a round of applause for Trevor for starting this group.

“We shall definitely think of more social events so those who couldn’t attend today can meet everyone in person.”

George Stride, who attended, said, “I loved the event, met people I hadn’t seen or remembered for years and looking forward to another such event in the hope some more familiar faces will be there.

“Thanks everyone for a great afternoon.”

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