The beautiful Victorian pier in Eastbourne...I have a photo of it as my header photo just now. It caught fire in July of 2014 and part of it was totally destroyed. It has now been repaired (although the huge enclosed dome is now gone) and it was sold to another owner, Sheik-Abid Gulzar. This past Sunday on the sixth of December, the owner invited the Bishop of Lewes to bless the pier and invited the public to join in the celebration. I liked what he had to say about this and I have it here...“I am a Muslim, my operations manager Manas is a Sikkh, and other members of staff are Christians - I want to emphasise the importance of diversity and accepting each other’s culture.
“We must all respect each other and we should all have the freedom to follow whatever religion one may wish to. But that doesn’t mean we cannot all come to together as one and join together.
“I would like the pier to be blessed with a clear message - to live together and act together.
“I want to spread the message of love, of working together, of prosperity and the fact that we all live in a democracy. We are all human beings and I want the blessing for the people of Sussex.
I think a blessing is very apt and relevant for the town and indeed the wider community."
If you would like to read an article about the blessing, you may read it just here.
This month I have enjoyed hearing "All Together Now" in a TV ad for Kohl's Department Store. It is a Beatles song, of course! It was written by Paul McCartney. (Yes, I know that legally the music is listed as Lennon/McCartney, but most Beatles fans know that most of the songs were either written by one or the other, NOT always, but usually. And of course, you really must know that George Harrison wrote some great songs too!)
Now, the clip of the song I have here for you is from the very last part of the film of "Yellow Submarine", the animated film which unfortunately did not use their lovely voices but at least, you do get to see them at at the very end singing this song! (The songs in the film are sung by the Beatles, but NOT the voices...the actors did a good job of it though!) Watch it through to the end and you will be rewarded by seeing "All Together Now" in several different languages.
It's a good song and a good message to remember.
|Richard posing in front of Eastbourne Pier.|
|Christopher admiring the pier from 2010.|