This month, Martin Howard, who has also been elected as a Vice President of Bexhill Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. talks about Bexhill’s history and it’s exciting and interesting future.
“Bexhill is steeped in culture and heritage that is inspirational as a way forwards for the regeneration of the town and surrounding area. From as far back as the Bronze Age Bexhill was a settlement founded on the training of craftsmen to make arrowheads, a sort of vocational university for ancient weapons manufacture that lasted over a thousand years.
Before that there was our very own Jurassic park with dinosaurs wandering the coastline and leaving their footprints in our seafront rocks. More recently, we had the investments made by Lord De La Warr in expanding the town to become a seaside home for wealthy Edwardians with the introduction of motor racing on the seafront, the building of the Art Deco De La Warr Pavilion and the facilitating of our rail links. In the 40s Bexhill was home to John Logie Baird who was at the forefront of technological breakthroughs such as television, the cathode ray tube and trans- Atlantic communications.
Bexhill is like a unique pearl sitting in the giant clam of Hastings and Eastbourne. If the clam is not to slam shut and swallow us we must fight to maintain our distinctive identity by embracing our heritage and projecting it forwards. When we look at the De La Warr Pavilion we no longer see a dilapidated 30s relic, we see one of the nation’s most iconic buildings that attracts over 400,000 visitors a year. When we consider the new innovation and business developments out on the link road we can be guided by the spirit of Logie Baird and work to develop world beating technologies. When we lobby for the direct high speed rail links to Bexhill from the heart of London, we should be inspired by the opportunities that the railways delivered to us in the 20s and 30s.
Bexhill is a town that is moving forwards and we want to work with businesses of all types and sizes to deliver a vibrant economic environment that brings prosperity to everyone for the benefit of our great town.”
Following the AGM on 18 September the outgoing President, James Kimber, hands over the chains of office to Martin Riley and the executive committee, having given five outstanding years of service to Bexhill business and the local community.