Well, who'd have thought it: Abba's superstardom started in Sussex. Well ok, I'm sure they'd done a fair bit at home but we'll gloss over that for now. Last month was the 40th anniversary of Abba winning Eurovision - in Brighton, 1974. Waterloo was the song, the Dome was the venue and the rest, as they say, is history.
If you're staying in one of our fabulous holiday properties in Brighton and Hove for this year's festival, then I'm sure a pilgrimage to the spot is on your must-do list.... or maybe not. Brighton Festival (May 3-25) has so much to offer culture vultures, fun seekers and the merely curious that I guess you'll struggle to fit everything in. With hundreds of daytime and evening events - many of them free - celebrating just about every aspect of the arts the town is bustling and the atmosphere electric. The nightlife is even better than usual at this time, so I hope you've managed to book one of our character properties within staggering distance of, or a short bus ride from, the centre. Worth considering is the fabulous Roof Terrace apartment in Hove which has a fantastic 10% discount for the remaining available dates in May - book it while you can!!
We've also got the ideal holiday house for you if you plan to visit Hickstead later this summer for the Derby or Royal International meetings - though I was sorry to hear the hugely popular Eventing Grand Prix has been scrapped. This was due not to lack of public interest, but to Sky's decision not to televise that day, and since they operate the big screens that enabled us to see the cross-country action from the arena the organisers felt it was no longer viable. I was there for the inaugural EGP when local lass Pippa Funnell won the coveted Lotus car, and the excitement it generated from the start was terrific. I'm sorry to see it go, but even without it, the show's still fab.
See you there!