Popular Eastbourne summer event postponed until 2022

A popular Eastbourne event has been postponed until next summer.

A 999 display from a previous year. (Graham Huntley) SUS-210331-110112001
A 999 display from a previous year. (Graham Huntley) SUS-210331-110112001

Eastbourne’s 999 Emergency Services Display will return to the seafront after a second year off, to enable the county’s emergency teams to continue to prioritise the Coronavirus pandemic response.

The two-day showcase is usually attended by hundreds of uniform representatives and vehicle appliances with demonstrations from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Sussex Police, South East Coast Ambulance Service, Maritime & Coastguard Agency and the RNLI, and is supported by Eastbourne Borough Council.

Eastbourne Borough Council head of tourism Annie Wills said, “The 999 Display is a firm family favourite in our busy events schedule, however given the challenges of the pandemic, the ongoing vaccination programme and the amount of time required to plan and organise this event months in advance, it is simply not realistic to expect our emergency services to stage the show in 2021.

“I am sure when the event returns next year it will enjoy incredible support from the public, following the exemplary work of our first responders throughout the pandemic.

“In the meantime, we do still have a busy events programme in store for 2021 starting with the return of our vintage classic, Magnificent Motors, from May 22-23, and the much anticipated International Tennis in June.

“In fact with most events set to make a return, thanks to our extra COVID-Ready safety measures, we are looking forward to a lively season ahead.”