AS we approach the festive season, nobody could have imagined this time last year what 2020 would bring.

Death, sadness and economic gloom all caused by Covid 19. A truly terrible year for so many.

I have always regarded Eastbourne as a place full of resilience, determination and a desire to succeed.

And that maybe is what has seen us through the worst of this.

We can only hope that Christmas will indeed bring some festive cheer and then, with a vaccine, signs of 2021 back to normal.

Normal? We all wonder what that may look like.

Of course, Christmas isn’t a happy time for so many of us, and we should all be thinking of others at this time.

For us here at Bournefree, we launched in March. Little did we know Lockdown was about to happen.

We stayed strong online until August when we were able to go back to the printed edition.

And we haven’t looked back since as we build our readers, both online and in print. Our ‘reach’ gets bigger each week.

So, we have a printed monthly magazine with 10,000 copies going out (We hope that will rise steadily during 2021). We have this news website www.bournefreelive.co.uk which has, on average, ten new news items each day.

And we have a strong social media presence, Facebook in particular.

We think we are well placed doing into 2021 in terms of readership and your support.

Our New Year’s resolution is to work with even more businesses, charities and other groups to make Eastbourne a better place.

May we wish everyone a very happy Christmas and all the very best for 2021.

Peter Lindsey

This article appears on page 2 of the December edition out now.