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newhaven rnli summer fete and beach display
newhaven rnli summer fete and beach display

The sun got its hat on just in time for one of the Seaford area’s major fundraising events.

RNLI Newhaven’s summer fete took place last Saturday at Huggetts Green , West Quay, as well as at the Lifeboat House.

The fete was officially opened by Seaford Town Crier, Peter White, who also introduced Newhaven Mayor Julie Carr to make a short speech, welcoming everyone to the event.

The whole district was represented at the fete as Telscombe Mayor Brendon Rossiter, Peacehaven Mayor Rachel Coles and the deputy Mayor of Seaford Mark Brown were also able to attend.

Around 2,000 visitors joined the fun and celebration at the fete and they enjoyed a sizzling summer day whilst being entertained by various displays, including the award winning Norcross Dancers and locally based Lewes drumming group, Skull Drummery, with Haven Harmonies performing at the boathouse.

Visitor numbers were up on last year, assisted, in part, by the better weather, although the heat was a little too much for some who required assistance from members of the St John Ambulance.

The hog roast was a complete sell out and the children’s activities, including the bouncy castle and slide, were also popular attractions.

The final total raised in aid of the RNLI is yet to be confirmed, although initial indications suggest that a total of between £4,500 to £5,000 is expected. Secretary for Newhaven and District Lifeboat Fundraising Society Graham Hillman said ,‘This day is not just about the raising of funds, but also an important opportunity for us to demonstrate to the people of Newhaven and surrounding district that their own efforts and support throughout the year for their local lifeboat are fully appreciated.”

The weekend of celebration of 210 years of Newhaven Lifeboat continued on Sunday July 7 with a rescue display by the lifeboat at Seaford Beach. The Coastguard helicopter was called away for operational duty, but this gave the lifeboat the chance to extend its own display time. The calm waters of another sunny morning allowed the Severn Class lifeboat, the largest of the lifeboat fleet, to come very close to the beach. The audience was treated to a very close view of the lifeboat and volunteer crew, and donations from beach collections came to £190.