Crowds turn out for carols with town’s lifeboat crews

Christmas carols with the Eastbourne lifeboat crews
Christmas carols with the Eastbourne lifeboat crews

A large crowd gathered on the Waterfront at Sovereign Harbour in the run up to Christmas to join the Eastbourne RNLI crews in a traditional sing-along of favourite Christmas carols.

Station manager Paul Metcalfe said, “The sun came out and accompanied by the band of the Salvation Army and ladies from Voices Choir a good time was had by all.

“Proceedings ended with mince pies and hot drinks served courtesy of Di Lieto’s and the outgoing bucket collection raised a whopping £462.62 for Eastbourne lifeboats.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our supporters.”

Later in December – and in what has become a seasonal tradition – the Sovereign Harbour Bertholders Association presented the crew of the inshore and all weather lifeboats with a stock of Christmas treats which they enjoyed on their Boxing Day get together.

The crew were met on Sunday morning when they returned from their weekly training exercise by representatives from the Bertholders Association, Sue and Roy Sydney and Carol and Peter Holland, bearing gifts of seasonal goodies and extra sustenance for the crew for use on long services at sea.

At a presentation lifeboat coxswain Mark Sawyer thanked association members for their continued support and wished them safe and enjoyable cruising for the forthcoming year.