THE decision by Eastbourne Borough Council to axe Punch and Judy was for financial reasons.

But the actual saving is very small.

The council has confirmed it’s around £2k – £2,5k max.

A petition has been set up against the decision. The council did offer Ray Sparks to carry on for free this year but he said no.

There are also stories that someone offered to sponsor it for the summer but that he again said no.

Here’s the petition Petition · Save Punch and Judy!! Eastbourne Council have Cancelled Punch and Judy. · Change.org

It has less than 500 signatories.