Royals come to town

Eastbourne’s Sovereign Harbour will have a royal visit this morning (July 5).

The Earl and Countess of Wessex will be coming to the town to meet the RNLI crew and to name the new lifeboat Diamond Jubilee.

The boat arrived in Eastbourne in May and was then involved in the Thames pageant for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Today (July 5), for the final part of its arrival celebrations, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie will formally name the boat.

As well as their Royal Highnesses Edward and Sophie, a host of other dignitaries and local well-wishers will be at the invitation-only event to mark the special occasion.

The boat has been funded by a pair of substantial legacies and a public appeal for funds. The boat replaces the outgoing all-weather lifeboat having been built in dockyards in Plymouth.

The royal party will arrive mid-morning and spend time meeting the lifeboat crew, volunteers and RNLI fundraisers.