A trip down Memory Lane: Eastbourne Arndale Centre

As the Arndale Centre officially became the Beacon last month, we thought it would be interesting to look at some nostalgic pictures of the Arndale when it was under construction and when it first opened.

Tuesday, 15th January 2019, 12:32 pm
Updated Tuesday, 15th January 2019, 1:34 pm
Arndale nostalgia

Our thanks go to centre manager Bill Plumridge for sharing these pictures.

Manager Bill Plumridge is pictured with members of Eastbourne Rowing Club during a fundraiser in the Arndale Centre
Gamleys, Dixons and Robert Dyas can be seen in the background of this photo when show stars including comic Frankie Howerd visited the Arndale Centre
Sussex Stationers, Martin's and Pizza Palace were once at the entrance to the Arndale Centre in Terminus Road
The rear of Marks and Spencer before it expanded within the new Arndale Centre
The Arndale Centre at Christmas looking from the Marks and Spencer end towards British Home Stores
Health and safety didn't appear to be too much of a problem for these workmen on the construction site of the Arndale in July 1979
Early construction work on the Arndale Centre gets underway
The landscape looking from Longstone Road towards the new centre and car park in the 1980s
The Arndale Centre in years gone by when British Home Stores, Littlewoods, Woolworths and Boots were the main stores
Before Shades restaurant opened in the Arndale Centre, the central area was often used for displays and events