Cringing Cult of Celebrity in Eastbourne, East Sussex*
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Cringing Cult of Celebrity
- Rupert Thomson, author, was born in Eastbourne & his memoirs are published April 2010 (by Granta) mostly set in Eastbourne.
- Eastbourne did once attract celebrities, Charlie Chester, Tommy Cooper, the only celebrity I have ever spotted was Michael Aspel but he was just a visitor. Someone claimed to also have spotted Led Zepplin who were visitng Bernie Grant. Russ Conway lived in Eastbourne. There are famous people living in the surrounding countryside of course.
- joe washburn, the pot head. top loaded his spliffs apparently
- Toploader (curse their curly-haired Elton John-style pop & relegate them to supporting the newly reformed Roxy Music in Skegness)
Little Britain recently recorded some sketches here ('I'm a Lady' & the wheelchair guy) if that counts!
The town features often in stuff like Foyles War (disguised as Hastings)
- D.J Tony Walker an amazing dj who rocked eastbourne for more than ten years, he was always on hand to lend money and do numerous favours for friends. well known for his random acts of kindness to the eastbourne public was always a hit a the WRVN club he will be missed by all including his local parrish.
- Eddie Izzard. I havn't worked out yet if thats good or bad.
- Tommy Cooper used to live near the Star pub in Old Town (the new owners of his little terrace house bought a kitchen of me and they've got his pictures all over the wall)
- Susannah Corbett (Dalziel and Pascoe, Peak Practice) went to school here, as did child star Laura Harling (Jane Eyre, Tom Jones, Invasion Earth)
- Billy and Pat, ask anyone about them, everyone knows them
- Toploader - local band have been on TFI Friday
RUTH - local band have been on the National lottery twice
Paul Hillier - Local DJ featured on Sky One 'Cream'
- Karl Marx and Engels visited here a lot (really). The ashes of Engels are
scattered off the coast of Beachy Head cliffs.
Also, political party conferences take place too often here.
At least, it's annoying when the Conservatives trip at the Grand Hotel, for
a bonding session (this has happened twice).
- not exactly "resident" but the cure made two promo videos on beachy head - then scooted away as fast as possible, no doubt...
- Lewis Carrol used to come for his holidays here!
- Douglas Bader and Prunella Scales went to School here. Tommy Cooper
- Vera Lynn lives very near
- Eddie Izzard went to Eastbourne College
- Matthew Corbit and Sootie!
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Last updated: 2010-03-29
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