MAYOR Steve Wallis has officially launched the Eastbourne Tree of Light 2020.

It is outside the Towner Art Gallery.

Steve said: “It was a privilege to switch on the Rotary Tree of Light this afternoon.

“This event has been running for 23 years, and despite this year’s difficulties, the Rotary Club of Eastbourne AM were determined to bring this special Christmas Tree to the community.”

The Christmas tree outside the Congress Theatre always looks a little different to others around the town, that is because it is a special tree, a “Tree of Light” covered in a host of white lights and dressed with white ribbons in memory of loved ones.

Rotarian Melanie Adams said: “In what has been a most difficult year for us all we are pleased to be able to bring our special Christmas Tree to our Community. 

“However, due to Covid 19 we are unable to hold our Tree of Light Dedication ceremony in the usual way as we cannot encourage groups of people to meet.  

“We will, therefore, be recording the service, including the tying of the ribbons  to share with all our supporters via a web link.

“If you have not received ribbons in the post and would like to you can request these and we will post them to you to return to us  and tie them on your behalf as part of our ceremony.

“Rotary would like to say a special thank you to our sponsors past and present. Their generosity in 2019 enabled the Rotary Clubs to donate a total of £6,500 among the following: You Raise Me Up, People Matter, Eastbourne Street Pastors, Eastbourne Blind Society and East Sussex Cruse.”

If you would like to remember a loved one by having a white ribbon tied to the tree, please follow the