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Christmas Designs Light up the Sky at Eastbourne Christmas Magic
Christmas shopping is set to start with bang this Saturday in Eastbourne, as panto stars pay shoppers a visit and launch a spectacular festive themed fireworks display for Eastbourne Christmas Magic.
Starting on Saturday 4 December, ‘Eastbourne Christmas Magic’ is organised by a partnership of Eastbourne Borough Council, hotels and the business community, and begins with the launch of Dick Whittington, Christmas music and a visit by Santa himself.

To mark the start of the festive shopping season in Eastbourne, Frontier Fireworks will be producing a special festive fireworks display, all choreographed to a mixture of rock, pop and favourite Christmas tunes too.

Runners up in the National Fireworks Championship Finals, the local company based in Polegate have also produced displays for prestigious clients including Tom Cruise. The company plan to light up the sky on Saturday with specially designed fireworks, which create the shapes and colours of classic Christmas decorations.

Chris Verheyden, Director of Frontier Fireworks said “This will be no ordinary display as we will be using a red, green, silver and gold Christmas colours theme, along with specially designed fireworks that produce rings and patterns to mimic Christmas decorations. The entire display has been choreographed on a Christmas theme and will provide a magical end to the day.”

Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Councillor David Elkin said “Shoppers are in for a real treat this Saturday, I am delighted that Frontier Fireworks have chosen Eastbourne to present their unique Christmas themed firework display. It will certainly add plenty of sparkle to the day, and along with classic pantomime antics, there is fun to be had for all the family.”

Street entertainment courtesy of the Underground Theatre and music will entertain shoppers from 3.30pm in Terminus Road precinct before the pantomime stars arrive in true celebrity style at 5.30pm courtesy of Lee’s Limousines. Joining the fun on stage, the stars will then start the countdown to the fireworks, courtesy of Beckett Newspapers.

For children there is more magic in store throughout December with real reindeer from the Scottish Cairngorms, bringing Santa and his sleigh into Eastbourne on Sunday 12th December at 2.30pm to meet the crowds.

Through to 23rd December, young shoppers can also take a stroll along the Dick Whittington Trail, as shops and businesses throughout the town centre decorate their window displays in a Dick Whittington theme. With special clues along the way, the streets could be paved with gold for the lucky winners with great prizes at the end.

For even more prizes and pantomime fun, youngsters can also visit the website on www.eastbourne.gov.uk/christmasmagic and visit the kids pages for lots of fun learning, puzzles and £1,000 of prizes.

Dick Whittington runs at the Devonshire Park Theatre from 9 December to 9 January, to book tickets call 01323 412000.

For more information on Eastbourne Christmas Magic visit www.eastbourne.gov.uk/christmasmagic or telephone 01323 411400.
30 November, 2004

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