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Calling All Budding Artists
The Worshipful the Mayor of Eastbourne Councillor Olive Woodall is once again getting out the easels and putting paint to canvas in time for the annual Mayor’s Open Day.
Held on Sunday 2nd May, Eastbourne Mayor Olive Woodall again hopes to repeat the success of last years event which saw local budding artists submitting their works of art for judging at this annual festival of Eastbourne and its attractions.

With categories for both adults and children aged up to 18 years old, the competition is open to all ages and various types of art including watercolour, pen and ink, oils and photography. The Mayor is looking forward to admiring plenty of seascapes and nautical scenes as this years Mayor’s Open Day theme is ‘Beside the Seaside……Beside the Sea’.

Sponsored by Planahead Reprographics and Fine Art Suppliers, winners in each category can look forward to prizes of art materials and equipment, giving talented individuals the chance to create more stunning works of art.

The Art Competition is just one of the attractions at this popular celebration of the town, as many businesses and attractions are opening their doors to residents for special tours and demonstrations. Get your own exclusive story with a behind the scenes tour of Beckett Newspapers, visit the Underground Theatre for a spot of Jazz or go for a free early evening swim at the Sovereign Centre.

Local groups and societies will be providing an exhibition on the Western Lawns, alongside the Magnificent Motors event of classic cars, vintage buses, motorbikes and steam traction engines which is also being held over the weekend from 2 - 3 May. The day includes a seafront cavalcade of vintage vehicles and there will be plenty of children’s attractions including traditional fairground rides.

Early evening, Eastbourne Cadets will be performing a Tattoo at the Redoubt Fortress and the day rounds off with some rock n roll fun at the Bandstand courtesy of popular rockabilly trio, The River Boys. Instrumental guitar band Lost 4 Words will also be providing their special brand of 50’s and 60’s music ranging from The Shadows to Duane Eddy, and the day ends in a fantastic fireworks finale at 10pm.

The Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Olive Woodall said “I look forward to this event every year as it’s such a wonderful celebration of what our town has to offer. I also hope to meet lots of residents during the day, as I too will be visiting many of the interesting attractions and businesses which are taking part.”

“I would also like to invite everyone to come down to the Bandstand and judge the works of art for themselves, if the entries are as impressive as last year then I am sure they will enjoy the exhibition.”

Entry forms are available by telephoning the Events Office on 01323 415442. Closing date for all Art Competition entries is Friday 23rd April which should be handed into the Town Hall reception with the completed entry form, or posted to The Mayor’s Office, Town Hall, Grove Road, Eastbourne BN21 4UG. All works of art should be a maximum of 24”x24” and unframed. Entries will be judged at the Mayor’s Open Day on 2nd May from 2pm at the Bandstand.

For further information on the Mayor’s Open Day contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01323 411400 or visit
17 March, 2004

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