Winter afternoon treat at the Grand Hotel Eastbourne today. The epitome of old Englishness and luxury, I never tire of this fabulous hotel. Was interested to see whose shoes I followed into that beautiful building. Apparently Claude Debussy, Ernest Shackleton, Charlie Chaplin, Dame Helen Mirren, John Hurt and Bros have all preceded me:
Martin Luther King. Inspirational Baptist minister and political activist, he played a key role in ending legal segregation of African-American citizens and the 1964 Civil Rights Act. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
In 2017 I toured America’s Deep South and was moved beyond words to retrace Martin Luther King’s history.
‘You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say’ Martin Luther King’.
Funky Blue are the resident band on the Braemar cruise ship. They’re a covers band playing Rock, Pop and Motown from the fifties right through to the present day. As well as sail away and deck parties they also play three or four sets a night in the Coral Club Lounge. I’m slightly biased- my partner is the band leader- but they are a fabulous feel good party band that immediately gets the audience on their feet dancing the night away.
When not on the ship they are available for weddings, parties and anything else requiring fabulous live music.
This 14th century hotel is situated in one of England’s prettiest villages, within the fabulous South Downs. The gardens are absolutely beautiful and it has a heated swimming pool available from May to September. The rooms are quaint and quintessentially English, as is the whole of the hotel and gardens. Boasting a two AA Rosettes for culinary excellence, breakfast is a delicious range of continental and full English, there is a bar serving bar snacks, a restaurant and a terrace where you can enjoy afternoon tea in the sunshine.
I was here for a wedding on this occasion, but I will certainly be returning for lunch/dinner and definitely an afternoon tea, after a wander around the very cute village, or a trek across the South Downs.