IN these difficult times it was more important than ever to ensure that our community has a Tree of Light and this year the tree will stand tall covered in a host of white lights outside the Congress Theatre.

Although Rotary is unable to hold its usual dedication ceremony due to Covid restrictions there will be a video made with messages from our MP Caroline Ansell, Mayor Steve Wallis and poems read by Rotarians and music from The Rattonians.

Ribbons are being sent to supporters to write their messages on and returned to Rotarian Melanie Adams who is co-ordinating the process.

She said: “We will be creating a film to include the tying of the ribbons to the tree which will be done in a secure environment.

“I have already received a huge number of ribbons which can be requested through the Tree of Light website http://www.eastbournetreeoflight.co.uk or by contacting any of The Rotary Clubs in the Town or posting your request to 14 Eastbourne Road, Willingdon, BN20 9LB”.

“Despite the difficulties faced by our local businesses, we are so grateful to our sponsors who have continued to contribute to this event and their generosity.”

They are Brewers, Pomodoro Mozzarella, The Beacon, The Langham Hotel, Chatfields Jewellers, The Eastbourne Herald, Town Property, PJ Skips, The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Signtek, Life Media, The Lansdowne Hotel, Stephen Rimmer Solicitors, Eastbourne Miniature Railway, Sussex Legal Services, Hastings Direct, Lotus Labels, Gradient Consultants, WSI, The Rattonians, LMDB Accountants, Lodestone Financial Planning, Bournefree and all The Eastbourne Rotary Clubs.

The film is ready to share from 13th December on The Eastbourne Tree of Light website.

Rotary is committed to ensuring we can remember our loved ones on our Christmas Tree this year and hopefully next year we will be able to all be back together again.