This is The Editor’s column appearing in July’s Bournefree

AS we enter July, the international Tennis Week will have finished in Eastbourne – and what a bumper week that always is.

It just showed how valuable the whole event is to Eastbourne, and let’s hope something similar can be repeated going forward.

Achieving that may not be easy, given the recent LTA decision to downgrade the tournament from 2025, but we know that Stephen Holt and his team will fight hard for Eastbourne.

Visitors to our town remain the lifeblood of our town so events like the Bike Nights in Victoria Place are so important to our businesses.

I went down there for the first time to see what it was all about, and yes it’s very impressive, and great for Eastbourne. Well done Your Eastbourne BID for arranging these nights.

It’s been great going around town meeting so many different people in the past few weeks.

I popped into the Towner to meet Director and CEO Joe Hill. We talked about the benefits of Towner locally both in terms of bringing visitors in as well as opening the cultural offering to so many local residents and families as well.

We also talked about the Black Robin Farm plan – and his belief that it will bring so many benefits to Eastbourne and the Seven Sisters. Let’s hope it will.

Talking Towner, I also sat down with Phil Cameron. He’s the businessman who runs The Eight Bells at Jevington, the Light cafe at Towner, and now The Bohemian, formerly the Stage Door, by Eastbourne Theatres.

We met at The Bohemian, and Phil and his team have done an amazing job there. It’s very impressive and well worth a visit.

Talking pubs, The Holly Blue – out in Pevensey next to Sharnfold Farm – hasn’t always had the best of reputations.

Step forward new boss Ollie McTear who has worked managerially at both The Grand Hotel and The Crown and Anchor.

Now he’s in charge at The Holly Blue – new chefs, new team, and a new passion.

Back into Eastbourne Town Centre, and great to see Mozmil Hussain running restaurants again after success at The Spice garden for more than 25 years. His new venture is the Italian restaurant Rossoitaliano Bistro in Grove Road.

His restaurant was one of the many shops and businesses taking part in Eastbourne’s Summer in Little Chelsea event.

Again, another success in Eastbourne.

Yes, times may not be easy but summer is here (we think) and we have to so much to offer in our wonderful town.

Peter Lindsey