Weekend displays for 999 services

999 display prelim photo in eastbourne
999 display prelim photo in eastbourne

THE emergency services will show off their skills on the Western Lawns this weekend (July 7-8) in the annual 999 display.

This is the 25th year the event, one of the country’s biggest displays of its kind, has taken place in Eastbourne.

The free event 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 – many of whom will be taking place in rescue demonstrations.

It will again demonstrate links across the Channel with contingents from the French National Gendarmerie from the Pas du Calais appearing.

The popular CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear) demonstration returns, as well as Road Policing Unit and Newfoundland Dogs Event and Display team.

Units from three emergency services will also be available in the show marquee.

There will also be the chance to meet members of the Emergency Services and look at their vehicles on the Western Lawns, visitors will also witness breathtaking simulations, including a daring cliff rescue and a simulated road collision.

The Kingfisher Band will be playing on the Saturday and entertaining on the Sunday will be the Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band.

Several classic emergency service vehicles will cavalcade on both days from Fisherman’s Green to the show site and there will also be a fairground and refreshments on site both days of the weekend.

Dave Sheppard, of East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, said, “Eastbourne’s Emergency Services look forward to welcoming visitors to the Western Lawns this weekend for what is believed to be the biggest such event on the south coast.” A full timetable can be viewed at www.999display.co.uk.