6 things you might not know about Eastbourne!
- Eastbourne is best known as a fashionable Edwardian seaside resort. However, the history of this southern English town stretches back much further. It is known that from 500 BC, there was a Celtic settlement in Eastbourne and on the South Downs above the town. It's also thought that a Roman lord lived here, thanks to evidence of a particularly impressive villa.
- Eastbourne has appeared in these blockbuster movies; Harry Potter; James Bond - The Living Daylights; Brighton Rock; Made in Dagenham; Pearl Harbor; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Diana, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging; to name but a few! And adverts include the Rugby Football Union and Nike (picture courtesy of Visit Easbourne)
- The Norman Invasion started here! William the Conqueror’s army landed in Pevensey Bay, just outside of Eastbourne on the 29th of September 1066.
- The Grand Hotel Eastbourne is England’s only 5* seaside hotel.
Eastbourne is in the Top 10 of the UK's happiest towns
Gareth Davies. 2014. Sunny Eastbourne is one of UK's happiest towns. [ONLINE] Available here. [Accessed 19 May 2016].)
34% of the population of Eastbourne is under 30 years’ old and the estimated average age is 44.7
Catherine Neilan. 2016. The UK's ageing population: Use this interactive map to see the country's average age getting older | City A.M.. [ONLINE] Available here [Accessed 19 May 2016]