More than 80 members of The Friends  attended the annual dinner at the Cumberland Hotel on Saturday 16 April where they were joined by guests Eastbourne Theatres’ Artistic Director, Chris Jordan and his father, Peter.

Chris Jordan and MC Peter Harwood drawing the raffle


Chris did the honours of drawing the raffle – which in true Jordan style he managed to imbue with an element of comedy and drama!  Yes, it is possible to make a raffle draw entertaining!  The raffle raised £174 for the Friends which helps swell the funds waiting to be spent on the interior of the Devonshire Park Theatre once the exterior renovation works are complete.



The evening was rounded off by a cabaret performed by a particular favourite of The Friends Grant Martins– Eastbourne’s own Grant Martins.

Grant performed many old favourites and, with his cheeky wit and friendly style, soon had his audience singing along.   Sadly, he could not include something he has a particular love for – tap dancing – as the stage was carpeted!  Perhaps next time!

Grant Martins and his audience!

Not long to wait for that as we certainly look forward to seeing him again with the Paul Davis Big Band on 26 June at the Congress Theatre – the proceeds from which will benefit the Friends.