What a wonderful weekend (September 13th/14th) this has been for Eastbourne.
At the Towner Gallery on Friday there was the opening of the much welcomed Ravilious room which has been generously supported by the Eastbourne Arts Circle (formerly Friends of the Towner) and which fittingly reflects the frequently expressed wishes of many supporters to celebrate our illustrious local artist.
It was encouraging to hear the Chairman of the new Trust, David Dimbleby, promising that more of the collection currently stored out of sight will be brought into public view.
On Saturday, we had the thrill of the speeding cyclists of the Tour of Britain whizzing through Eastbourne with, it seemed, very little disruption to traffic, and encouraged by crowds of enthusiastic spectators on the seafront.
To add to the spectacle and in glorious sunshine there was the delight of the Steampunk Festival on the promenades on both Saturday and Sunday.
This event is new to Eastbourne and I certainly hope to see it return next year with its colourful characters, wonderful costumes, music and dancing.
This was a festival for all ages and judging by the responses of the many residents and visitors clearly enjoying themselves it was a great success.
There was a lovely, lively and friendly atmosphere and we were especially entertained by young Harry Preston coming among the crowds and demonstrating skillful cards tricks – magical!
God’s waiting room? I think not.