From the editor: Let it shine
We’re living large! Isn’t it great to live on the coast? We’ve just enjoyed Brighton Cocktail Week (p9), a new season of excellent musicals has been announced at Chichester Festival Theatre (p5) – no doubt destined to West End success as so many of CFT’s productions have proven – and we can picnic and fundraise at the same time (p14)! Even the next generation are enjoying all the pleasures on our doorstep, as a couple of younger writers went out to sample the delicious tastes of some of Brighton’s delicious eateries (p7).
We live in such a rich part of the country, and we’re not the only ones who realise it if Parson Son & Basley Auction’s recent victorious sales results are anything to go by (p11). It’s a desirable location, and you don’t even have to open your wallet to step outside your front door and sample the benefits of the fresh sea air, fine Downs views, and a community feelgood factor.
Even our celebrity residents favour a home show for that special performance – thank you so much to Steve Norman of Spandau Ballet for his exclusive solo gig coming to the Old Market in September, including a Q&A. We are the lucky benefactors of his dry run to gauge his nerves on that score, in Ibiza – in Spanish! (p15).
All I’m saying is that we can count our blessings. This is home. Our population goes up when the sun comes out, and the delights are all year round. Now, I’m heading for the beach!