THERE really was no choice.

Airbourne had to be cancelled sadly – and it was right that the council made the decision early.

The country is still in Lockdown.

And only yesterday the prime minister said the relaxation of restrictions will be done in “stages” and stressed: “We need to go cautiously.”

We are all hopeful schools will reopen fully on March 8 and there will be a gradual lift on other restrictions.

Gradual is the key word.

Eastbourne, as we all know, relies massively on visitors and big events such as Tennis and Airbourne.

Hotels and guest houses – and indeed many of our shops – will continue to be hit for a long time yet.

But the decision on Airbourne is the right one, and the timing is also right as well.

As sad as it is for our wonderful town…………..