Eastbourne is to welcome House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow, at the Ian Gow Memorial Cup next month.
The public speaking competition for schools is now in its third year and is hosted by the town’s former MP, Caroline Ansell. The event, for Year 9 students, was set up in memory of former Eastbourne MP, Ian Gow, who was murdered by IRA outside his home in Hankham in 1990.
Caroline is thrilled to have Mr Bercow as the guest of honour, saying, “To have such a well-known public figure here in Eastbourne is great news for the competition which continues to go from strength to strength.
“The cup is an opportunity for young people in Eastbourne schools to engage in political debate, hone important public speaking skills and hopefully become the next generation of politicians and public figures.
“It’s also an event which attracts notable names to judge it. In the first year, it was broadcaster David Dimbleby and last year Dame Jane Gow was involved, so it shows that this is something everyone feels has real merit.”
Caroline is also thanking solicitors Gaby Hardwicke for sponsoring the event again this year, “We would not have a competition without the generous support of Gaby Hardwicke.”
This year, the Ian Gow Memorial Cup moves from the Winter Garden to the Birley Centre in Carlisle Road. It will take place Thursday 19 October at 5pm and is open to the public.
Eastbourne Speakers Club will take their lead role once again in judging entries alongside John Bercow.
Last year, Gildredge House won for the second time in a hard-fought battle.