PRINCE Edward and his wife Sophie were in Eastbourne to name the town’s new lifeboat today (July 5).
The sun shone as the Earl and Countess of Wessex arrived at Sovereign Harbour to cheering crowds and flag waving school children.
The RNLI had set up a marquee for the event and around 200 invited guest sat inside, ready to see the royal couple and enjoy a service of dedication by Canon Bob Butler which was accompanied by the Salvation Army Band.
Children from St Andrew’s School in Seaside, The Haven School and youngsters from Langney Primary turned out for the occasion.
Sophie looked graceful in a beige dress, nude shoes and her hair tied back. She and her husband spent time talking to the RNLI volunteers, fundraisers and even local school children.
The couple pressed a button to send the Champagne bottle flying towards the both and they laughed as some of the crew members were spattered.
Paul Metcalfe, operations manager at Eastbourne Lifeboats, said, “They were absolutely wonderful and a real pleasure to be with. The whole event has gone extremely well and we are very, very proud here at Eastbourne Lifeboats to have them with us for the day.”
For the full story and pictures see Friday’s Herald