Friends’ thanks for donations

I AM writing because I want to thank all those who donated, very generously, to The Friends of Manor Gardens and Gildredge Park, in memory of Leslie Smith.

I didn’t know him for long, but long enough to appreciate his humour and the value he placed on Manor Gardens.

I thank, in particular, Helen Smith, his widow. As a newcomer to Eastbourne I had no idea of the place Leslie Smith held in the town.

He was one of those people you wish you had known earlier, and his death was a great sorrow to many.

All I can say is we will do our very best to spend those donations in ways Helen and Leslie Smith would want, or have wanted, to help restore Manor Gardens and Gildredge Park to their past glories. Thank you all again,


Chair, Friends of Manor Gardens and Gildredge Park