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Little Chelsea celebrates Christmas  (2.34 Mins)


On Friday evening, December 5th, hundreds j
oined in the festivities at Little Chelsea with a Christmas celebration stretching from end to end of South Street. A clear night, warm for the time of year added to the
success of the event, with dozens of stalls and other amusements to inspire young and old alike.

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People's Climate Change March in Eastbourne (1.47 nmins)

On Sunday, September 21st 2014, marchers gathered near to Eastbourne's Pier as part of an international campaign to influence world leaders at their climate change conference.

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Pococks Field Archaeological Excavation (6.24 mins)

During the Summer and Autumn of 2014, Pococks Field off King's Drive has been the site an important excavation into Eastbourne's history.

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Corn Circle at Wilmington  (2.22 mins)

On Thursday, July 3rd 2014 a corn circle appeared in a farmer's field just below the Wilmington Gaint, it was in an isolated spot and of a considerable size. Eastbourne Live was on the scene.

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Edible Eastbourne  (28.49 mins)





Held at the Town Hall on Friday, Apr
il 18th 2014

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Wassailing returns to Willingdon (13.00 Mins)




The thousand-year-old tradition of Wassailing was revived in Willingdon in 2014 by The Long Man Morris Men; with Morris Dancing, a torch-lit procession by the Eastbourne Bonfire Society, apple blessing and folk songs in the Wheatsheaf Pub.




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Bee Tea at the Town Hall  (5.15 mins)





On Friday, 22nd November 2013
we were all invited to a Bee Tea at the Town Hall. What is a Bee Tea, watch and see!



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Seedy Sunday (17.09 mins)



It's October 27th 2013, the date for the Seedy Sunday event at Eastbourne's Leaf Hall. And it's closely connected to the Transition Project as it answers the vital question 'what can we do.'


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Eastbourne Transition Project (6.27 mins)

Eastbourne Community Orchards and gardens is a new group that has formed to encourage small communities to start using any spare land that they have to grow fruit trees, soft fruits, nut trees, vegetables, herbs and or wild flowers. Eastbourne Live covered the first phase when members started to clear the site and prepare it for the Spring. Eastbourne Community Orchards evolved from The Eastbourne Friends Of the Earth Group and is part of the food growing initiative of Transition Town Eastbourne. ECO has the full support of Eastbourne Borough Council in these projects.

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Holywell Spring 2013  (5.16mins)




At least once a year there is a gathering at Eastbourne's Holywell, the place were the spring waters still come through the cliffs. A person who has been miraculously cured speaks of his experience.

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Saxon Village  (10.57 mins)


A Saxon village was recreated in the grounds of Gildredge Park over the Bank Holiday Weekend of May 4th – 6th 2013. Eastbourne, as its many place names show was once a busy Saxon community.



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Memorial Fly Past  (1.10 mins)


A memorial service was held at Beachy Head on Sunday, April 28th 2013, for the 55,000 airmen of Bomber Command who lost their lives in the Second World War. Afterwards there was a fly past of many vintage aircraft.


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EASTBOURNE’S WATER MEADOWS  (1 min)

For centuries the land in the centre of Eastbourne has been water meadows. As winter approaches the amount of water increases across the levels until it takes on the appearance of an inland sea. These shots were taken at the south end of Kings Drive, the land that has been designated for a massive housing development. In years to come, any development on the water meadows will increase the water table and thereby endanger all low-lying houses.


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Save the DGH March   (4.26 mins)

On Saturday, 15th September 2012, a huge crowd of people paraded from Eastbourne's Redoubt to the Wish Tower. It was  a march to save the Eastbourne General Hospital from being downsized to what, as one speaker predicted, could finish up as a community hospital.

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STROKE AWARENESS EVENT (15.30 mins)


On Saturday 17th September 2011, the Arlington Road and Lighthouse Medical Practices organised another informative and well-attended health event. A wide range of associations were at hand to advise on a variety of health issues and prevention.
We are listing below some of the contact details:
Freedom Leisure Centre, Hailsham 01323 846755
Stephanie Wadlow, health & fitness www.freedom-leisure.co.uk
The Stroke Association - www.stroke.org.uk Tel: 0303 3033 100
Eastbourne Citizens Advice Bureau 01323 417177 www.eastbournecab.co.uk
Age Concern Eastbourne 01323 638474 www.ageconcerneastbourne.co.uk
East Sussex Link – The County’s Local Involvement Network in Health &Social Care
Elizabeth Mackie 01323 514510 Link Manager www.thecountylink.net
Independent Living Services 01424 464890 & 0800 9174569
Lifeline 01323 644422 www.welbeing.org.uk
Community First Responders more info 01273 489444 www.secamb.nhs.uk


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Uncovering the Past in Grange Gardens 

On Friday, July 15th 2011, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire visited the site of an exciting archaeological excavation in Grange Gardens, to uncover Eastbourne’s rich legacy of Roman, Saxon and Medieval history. This two-week dig has attracted 50 volunteers and is open to public gaze daily from 10am – 12noon and 2pm – 4pm with free-guided tours.

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Day 3, July 17th 2011  (3.48 mins)  Click to View

Day 7, July 22nd 2011 (2.33 mins)  > Click to View

Day 12, July 26th 2011 (7.50 mins)  > Click to View

Final Day, July 31st 2011 (2.00 mins)  > Click to View



The opening of the South Down's National Park  (3.35 mins)


Eastbourne’s Mayor, Cllr. Carolyn Heaps, called it the gateway to the new South Downs National Park, when she officially opened the celebration on Saturday, April 2nd 2011. It has taken 60 years for the creation of this almost 1000 square miles of South Downs from Eastbourne to Winchester to become a National Park, with its new administration that has an annual budget of £11.4 million and 80 staff, it is now a living reality. See also in our 'Memories' section our sound recording of the opening of the South Down’s Way in July 1972.


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Eastbourne’s Faith Forum 2010  (1Hr. 30Mins)

A question of faith was the theme of this year’s Faith Forum held to a packed audience at the Congress Theatre on Wednesday, November 24th. In the chair was BBC presenter Peter Owen-Jones, with a distinguished team of speakers; Malcolm Weisman OBE, MA, Abdel Rahim CHBIB MA, DPSI, Glen Scrivener, James Smith, Lynda Lindfield and Toby Lobi.

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Blessing the Holy Well (Holywell) (12.11 Mins)


After years of disappearance, the Holy Well (or Holy Spring) under the cliffs at Holywell has been reopened and was celebrated by a blessing service on Monday, August 30th 2010.


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Michael Fish celebrates UK's sunniest Resort (2.31 mins)

The UK’s sunniest place is on a mission to spread its record sunshine levels nationwide as it joins forces with weather presenter Michael Fish to launch a month long sunshine campaign to encourage visitors to the south east resort.

With GMTV confirming that Eastbourne is the sunniest place on mainland Britain in live weather reports from the Wish Tower beach earlier this month, throughout June Eastbourne will be sharing its sunshine with visitors across the UK as it launches brand new Sunshine Experience Packs promising British holidaymakers a taster of the East Sussex destination that is already popular with over four million visitors a year.

Eastbourne weather presenter Michael Fish said “Not only is Eastbourne my home town but it is also one of my favourite holiday destinations. The beauty of being sheltered by Beachy Head means that Eastbourne has a unique microclimate and really is sunny all year round. You could be just 20 minutes inland with clouds overhead but venture into Eastbourne, and you’ll be greeted by sunshine and clear skies. With hopes for a great summer, I’d encourage visitors to come and make the most of the resort’s brilliant sunshine record!”

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Sir Jim Lester (38 mins)

On his recent visit to Eastbourne, Sir Jim Lester, spoke to Eastbourne Live about his influential career and his long service both as a Member of Parliament and the Cabinet. During his term of office, he has visited numerous countries at their critical time of evolution. This interview is a fascinating record & insight into recent history, revealing the background to many of the events that have shaped our present world.

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Flame of Hope

The Flame of Hope started its journey from Dover, arriving in Eastbourne on Bank Holiday Monday, April 5th. On Tuesday, it continues on its next stage to Seaford before its long journey to finally arrive in New York, USA.

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Departure from Eastbourne (3.42 Mins)
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Lord Lietenant of Sussex visits Sovereign Harbour  (11.26 Mins)
The Lord Lieutenant, Peter Field, was the guest of the Sovereign Harbour Social Club, on Wednesday, February 3rd 2010. He spoke of his role appointed by The Queen to act on her behalf in East Sussex. The title was created in the reign of Henry VIII, and originally had a military function. As there was no full-time army, the Lord Lieutenant was charged with calling men of the county to arms when the need arose. Peter Field became Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex in August 2008.

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The Big Freeze
hits Eastbourne
This reminder of yesteryear from the front page of the Eastbourne Gazette, January 22nd 1963, tells us that Eastbourne is not always the mild, sunshine seaside resort that we are used to. As the chill continues, like all parts of the country, Eastbourne is surviving the biggest freeze for many years. Keep warm, wrap up well and wait for the spring.

Boxing Day Celebration (6.41 mins)
For seventy years Eastbourne has celebrated Boxing Day with music and dance at the Grand Parade Bandstand. This year's music entertainment was by the Ray Campbell Dance Band. A large crowd of festive revellers, of all ages, packed the Bandstand despite the rain.

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Morris Dancers at Bandstand Boxing Day Celebration (3.16 mins)

The Boxing Day celebration at Eastbourne's Bandstand was transformed by the arrival of the Morris Dancers, the first group came from nearby Wilmington.

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Eastbourne's Faiths Forum

Eastbourne’s first ever Inter Faith event took place at the Town Hall on Tuesday, 17th November 2009 as part of the National Inter Faith Week.

The essence of an inter faith or multi faith event is one of raising awareness and increasing understanding of the different faith communities in Eastbourne. In particular highlighting the contribution faith communities make to their neighbourhoods and society as a whole.

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Cllr Greg Szanto, Mayor of Eastbourne (8.47 mins)   Click to View

Taleb Durgahee, Eastbourne Islamic Cultural Centre  (10.26 mins)Click to View

Sue Crooks Paganism (11.08 mins)   Click to View

Jean Whitehead, Christian Science (10.50 mins)  Click to View

Sally Taylor, Judaism (10.21 mins)  Click to View

John Markwick, Quaker Faith (10.58 mins)  Click to View

Adrian Smith, Mormon Faith (12.50 mins)  Click to View

High Sheriff visits Polegate

The office of High Sheriff was created well over a 1000 years ago, on Saturday, November 7th 2009, the High Sheriff made his first visit to the town of Polegate.

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Landmark Tank removed (3.46 mins)

The Centurion Mark III Tank located at the Redoubt Fortress on Eastbourne seafront was removed on Sunday 26 April.

The tank has been a familiar landmark on Royal Parade since 1988 when it was presented to the Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum by Prince Philip, Colonel-in-Chief to the Queen’s Royal Hussars. After 21 years of wear and tear from the seafront weather, the condition of the tank has deteriorated and cannot be repaired in its current location.

The Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars Regiment and the curator of the Redoubt Fortress have how agreed for the tank to begin a new lease of life in Arlington with a local military vehicle enthusiast, Phil Wooller, who will restore it.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Susan Morris said “It is unfortunate that the tank has fallen into disrepair but it is important that we remove the vehicle and ask residents what they would like to see in its place. Eastbourne is renowned for its beautiful seafront and glorious promenade and the people of the town now have the opportunity to give their views on a suitable replacement.


The tank was originally used by the Hussars in Korea.

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Opening of the new Towner Gallery
Eastbourne’s new Tower Gallery, built at a cost of £8.6 million, was officially opened by broadcaster and writer David Dimbleby and with the Mayor, Cllr. Greg Szanto cutting the ribbon, on Saturday, April 4th 2009. This state-of-the-art building attached to the Congress Theatre will put Eastbourne firmly on the cultural map.

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New Horizons - Part Two - Click to View (3.10mins)

Collection Connections - Part Three Click to View (2.18 mins)

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Saving Sovereign Harbour’s Martello Tower (5.06 mins)
The rapidly diminishing space at Sovereign Harbour is causing concern to many locals. One area, designated ‘site one’ has as its centrepiece an early 19th century Martello Tower. One campaigner, who is trying to save this historic building and the site, is Cllr. Susan Morris.

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Snow Magic before Christmas (3.36 mins)

It isn’t often that Eastbourne has snow, but on the rare occasion that this occurs
it transforms the town into a magic garden. These are scenes of Hampden Park, Willingdon and the Downs where the snow is an invitation to really have fun.

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Eastbourne remembers the fallen (37.31 mins)

The annual Remembrance Sunday at the War Memorial was well attended despite the threat of rain. The fallen heroes of two World Wars and conflicts since and those still being fought, were remembered in the age-old traditional way, with the words ‘For your tomorrow, we gave our today.’ This sombre event was a reminder of how costly international aggression is. The men and women marched to the stirring music of the pipe band and the Mayor and Councillors paraded with other dignitaries. Afterwards, the people came forward to reverently place their crosses and remember loved ones that gave their lives in the cause of peace.

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The Wild West comes to Eastbourne  (5.44 mins)

The Wild West may seem thousands of miles away from Eastbourne’s Terminus Road precinct but on Saturday, September 27th, genuine native Indians performed traditional music and song in all the splendour and regalia of their homeland. This was not just a re-enactment but a passionately felt glimpse into the South American culture with colourful costumes and authentic instruments.