LETTER: Socialising and having fun

Perhaps the Eastbourne residents who live close to the Wish Tower Slopes on the seafront and who felt the need to complain about the Steampunk event need to consider the many positive aspects of the weekend.

While the music being played and the exhibitions and events taking place may not have been to everyone’s taste, this really was an example of the town we live in at its best. Surely it’s a good thing for a wide variety of events that meet different interests and tastes to take place on our seafront. And surely it’s a good thing to engage people in community spirit and provide individuals with entertainment and opportunities to socialise and have fun.

As someone who is neither a Steampunk nor involved with the Steampunk community, I went along to this event on the Saturday. I listened to some of the music (which I might add was not to my taste) visited the stalls and spoke with many different people – some of them known to me, some of them not – and it appeared to me that the event was well attended and well organised with a relaxed and social atmosphere.

Perhaps the complaining residents should be proud that the local council helps to facilitate many different events on our seafront and be pleased that it encourages and engages people in a sense of community sprit – or would they rather everyone just stayed indoors and watched the television?

Donato Tallo

Redoubt Road

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