Once more, The Friends had good cause to thank the people of Eastbourne for their support at the Autumn Fair held recently at the Congress Theatre.  Despite it being a wet and blustery Saturday morning a pleasing crowd turned out to help raise around £1,200 which will be put to good use in the coming months on improvement works inside the theatre.   Cakes and refreshments were again the stars of the show, contributing nearly £500 towards the total but there was good support for all the stalls and games.

Certainly one little boy was thrilled to learn that the very cuddly and pretty teddy bear (pictured below) would be joining his family – he had correctly named her, Lola!

The Busy Fair

The Friends were especially delighted to welcome Graham Cole, who was starring in the two-hander  with Diane Keen in You’re Never too Old at the Devonshire Park Theatre.  Graham, who was appearing for the first time in Eastbourne, and who is a great supporter of regional theatres – keen to ensure they remain part of their local community – had promised to come along during the bar reception on Tuesday and he was true to his word.  He gave generously of his time mingling and chatting with the crowd and stallholders alike.


Even our own local celebrities got in on the act: the Theatres’ Artistic Director, the ever-competitive Chris Jordan, won the shuffle-board competition – some compensation perhaps for his just missing out on the prize for the golf game at the Summer Fete!

Thank you everyone for your support!