EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell had the honour of meeting His Majesty when he visited parliament for a pre-coronation reception ahead of the big day last Tuesday.

She shook the King’s hand and conveyed well wishes from all of Eastbourne.

Caroline said: “He said he hadn’t visited the town before. I duly extended an invitation. Timeout has billed Eastbourne as THE place to visit in 2023 after all. 

And there may be a focus for such a visit in the government announced last week:- England’s Coast Path is now to carry the King’s name.  

This trail, a new walking route, will give right of access around our open coast for the very first time.  When fully completed, it will be the longest coastal path in the world.  His Majesty might like to take in the wonder of our globally renowned seven sisters coastline. The King would certainly then see our very special ‘gateway town’ position.

There are other plans to leave a Coronation legacy too through a series of new nature reserves, woodlands, and seeds for every school to grow wildflower meadows.  And how else might Eastbourne establish a local coronation legacy? 

The continuity of the Royal Family and its associated traditions are something we should be proud of as a United Kingdom. It is something many countries do not have and that many countries admire us for.”