Posted 1 July 2016 by Andrew Gardner
With Wimbledon in the air, I was reminded of the various invitations issued for Andy Murray to visit Worthing a few months ago, after a newspaper described him as 'duller than a weekend in Worthing'. One of the invitations was for him to take part in the annual Worthing Birdman contest, but I'm sad to tell you that's been cancelled - for reasons like health and safety and cost, of course, which is kind of understandable but still a great shame. Yes indeed there was a frisson of danger, but it was such fun, so colourful and so much in the spirit of a seaside holiday town with a pier and lovely beaches and fish 'n' chips and all that jazz.
Worthing was in the news again recently for a lovely reason - in that the Royal Ballet this season promoted Francesca Hayward to first principal (that's soloist to you and me); this talented young dancer grew up in Worthing and I noted in the press coverage that a family member had seen her love of music when, as a baby, she started moving to the music of the Chichester Cathedral choir.
Meanwhile in Eastbourne, back in tennis mood, the prestigious International Tennis Centre at Devonshire Park is in line for a £44 million upgrade, to include a new show court and practise courts as well as improved changing, medical and media facilities. In the same breath, the LTA announced that the Aegon International would remain at Eastbourne for another 10 years, and that from next year there will be a men's World Tour 250 tournament as well. If you visit Eastbourne for the tennis next year we can help with your accommodation, from luxury lets to seaside apartments - click here to see what's on offer.
One of the news reports I read went on to list past winners of Eastbourne's grasscourt tournament, including, and here I think they're jumping the gun a bit, one "Martin Navratilova". Did I miss something?