Eastbourne is a large sea side town in East Sussex, on the south coast of England, with an estimated population of 93,630 as at August 2005. The area has seen human activity since the stone age and remained as an area of small settlements right up until the 19th Century. The town then started to expand, assisted by the arrival of the railway, to make Eastbourne a prime Edwardian seaside resort. It has since suffered from the general trend away from taking holidays within the UK.
Eastbourne contains the prestigious Eastbourne College which boasts alumni such as the current head of the British Army. It also holds annual tennis competitions which bring in numbers to the town.
Eastbourne is situated at the eastern end of the South Downs, and boasts the famous Beachy Head cliff, as well as extensive beaches. The main town lies sheltered to the East of the cliffs helping to contribute to its high sunshine record.
Although Eastbourne has some industrial trading estates, the main income for the town is tourism. As a seaside resort it boasts four theatres, numerous parks, bandstand and museums. The main focus of the tourism trade is the four miles of shingle beach, lined with a seafront of hotels and guest houses.
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