Commemorative artwork to thank Eastbourne key workers

Eastbourne businesses are being invited to contribute towards a piece of artwork to thank and remember those who have worked tirelessly for the town during the Covid pandemic.

The proposed location for the commemorative piece of art is a cherry tree grove in Elm Grove Field near St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

It is envisaged that the artwork would also be a memorial for families who have lost a loved one from Covid or who are still suffering because of the virus.

Councillor Steve Wallis began organising the project during his two-year term as Mayor of Eastbourne, which recently ended, and Councillor Jim Murray is assisting him.

Councillor Wallis said: “My time as Mayor covered an unprecedented period in Eastbourne’s history with Covid impacting on so many levels in the town, as it has across the country.

“Although the pandemic is not yet over, it is with considerable relief that restrictions are now being eased and people are receiving vaccinations.

“So it seems an appropriate time to plan for a permanent reminder of our thanks to the town’s key workers who have worked exceptionally hard throughout the crisis, keeping us safe and ensuring that we continued to receive essential services.”

Seven artists have been engaged and a decision on the final design will be made by Councillor Wallis and fellow councillors at Eastbourne Borough Council.

Councillor Wallis added: “We are looking for donations from local companies that feel able to contribute and those that do will be promoted as the project rolls out.

“Our great thanks to the businesses who have already pledged their support and with £2,240 already promised, we have made a fantastic start towards our target of £10,000.”

Any business that wishes to contribute should contact the Mayor’s office on 01323 415020 or email mayorsoffice@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk