This week, students from the Construction Department at Sussex Downs College have been hard at work at the Bandstand erecting the chalets for the popular Bandstand Christmas Market.
The market, which is being managed by EDEAL Enterprise Agency and the Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce will run from the 3 – 18 December, with 35 stalls covering both levels of the iconic Bandstand.
Luke Johnson, from Edeal Enterprise Agency said, “It’s been fantastic to work alongside the incredible team at Sussex Downs College as they erect 25 of our chalet cabins this year. We can’t thank them enough. They have been out in the rain and the cold and have worked so incredibly hard to make sure we are on schedule to welcome our guests. Their professionalism has been a real credit to the College.”
Mike Hopkins, Principal of Sussex Downs College said, “I walk past the bandstand every day, so it’s with a real sense of pride to me that our students are so heavily involved this year in such a key attraction to the town. Not only is this a brilliant hands on experience for our students, but it’s incredibly rewarding to be giving back to the community.”
Mike continued, “The College is really involved in Christmas this year at the bandstand, with other departments taking over one of the chalets. So you’ll see some unique gifts and treats which have all been made by some of our fantastically talented students.”
Luke concluded, “This year, the Bandstand Christmas Market is a celebration of Sussex. With many of our traders based locally, we’ve also got live entertainment from local bands, musicians and community groups. The contribution of Sussex Downs College has been absolutely phenomenal though, and I’m really looking forward to seeing exactly what they will be doing with their chalet.”