Pupils from Gildredge House were the winners at this year’s Ian Gow Memorial Cup. The speech contest for Year 9 pupils from local schools was launched by Councillor Caroline Ansell in 2015 and has been sponsored by Gaby Hardwicke since its inception. Chaired by Family Law Partner, Giles Robinson, the competition’s format was for competitors to speak, in teams, for up to ten minutes on “Democracy: our take on it”. Giles is also a member of Eastbourne Speakers’ Club, which provided the judges and timekeepers to make the event work.
The guest of honour, who delivered a pertinent address, was Holocaust survivor Dorit Oliver-Wolff, who is dedicated to educating others about the consequence of the Holocaust.
Giles commented: “The ability to communicate clearly with an audience, whether a client, a Judge or the general public is a vital skill and I am delighted that we were able to take part in this event, once again.”