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Royal Naval Club could close after 67 years

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The future of the Royal Naval Old Comrades club hangs in the balance after a meeting was called to discuss its future.

The meeting will take place on Monday August 18 at the club on 16 Beach Road, Eastbourne at 8pm.

A statement issued by club Secretary Sheila Davey said members were meeting to discuss “whether the club should cease to operate on September 30.”

It continued, “The committee of the club shall take all reasonable steps to realise the club’s assets, settle the club’s debts and make final arrangements for the dispersal of the club’s memorabilia and any surplus funds in consultation with the members.”

It was rumoured that existing members would be granted automatic membership to Eastbourne Angling Association.

However, chairman Chris Hurse denied this, saying, “they would have to apply like anyone else.”

The club opened at its original location on North Street in 1947 but quickly became overcrowded.

It re-located to Beach Road in 1951.

It is one of only two clubs in the country that retains the Comrades title, the other being Portsmouth.

Much like other similar clubs in the area, they have endured a steady decline in membership and have struggled to cope financially.

 

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