Eastbourne’s 999 Emergency Services Display is to be postponed once again, returning to the seafront next summer.
The annual celebration of the blue light services will take a second year off, to enable the county’s emergency teams to continue to prioritise the Coronavirus pandemic response.
The two day showcase is normally attended by hundreds of uniform representatives and vehicle appliances with astonishing 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 22 – 23 May, 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.”
Confirmed events for 2021 include:
17 April Coastal Trail Running
22 – 23 May Magnificent Motors
27 May – 13 June John Searle’s Funfair
6 June Eastbourne Triathlon
19 – 26 June Eastbourne International Tennis
20 June Eastbourne 10K
25 – 27 June Eastbourne Feastival
26 June Rude Mechanical Theatre
26 June Armed Forces Day
26 June – 11 July John Davis Funfair
10 July Starlight Stroll
17 July Eastbourne Pride
18 July Eastbourne Ironbourne Triathlon
19 – 23 July 125th LTA Summer County Cup Tennis
24 – 25 July Eastbourne Lammas Festival
24 July – 3 Aug EODS Presents Taming of the Shrew
28 July – 29 Sept Bike Nites (every last Wednesday of the month)
30 July – 1 Aug LTA Ladies Over 35’s County Cup
31 July – 1 Aug Beach Life Music Festival
2 – 7 Aug Devonshire Park South of England Open Tennis Championships
20 – 22 Aug Beer & Cider by the Sea
20 – 22 Aug LTA Mens Over 35’s County Cup
23 – 28 Aug British Open Seniors Grass Court Championships
27 – 31 Aug Eastbourne Vintage Festival
28 – 30 Aug Defiant Sports
4 – 5 Sept Steampunk Festival
5 Sept MG South Downs Run
17 – 26 Sept Eastbourne Walking Festival
18 Sept Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival
23 – 24 Sept Outdoor Cinema in Gildredge Park
26 Sept Seafront Soapbox
2 Oct Eastbourne Bonfire Society Procession
7 – 9 Oct Eastbourne Beer Festival
17, 23 & 24 Oct Beachy Head Marathon, Half & 10K
30 Oct Zombie Walk
30 – 31 Oct Wyntercon
14 Nov Eastbourne Remembrance Sunday Service
26 Nov Meads Christmas Magic
27 Nov – 22 Dec Winter Festival
3 Dec Little Chelsea Little Christmas
For more information or to submit a new event, visit VisitEastbourne.com/whats-on.