Senior royal could be launching new Eastbourne lifeboat

A SENIOR royal could be heading to Eastbourne to officially name and launch the town’s new lifeboat.

Eastbourne’s lifeboat officials say they are hopeful a leading member of the Royal Family will visit the town for the ceremony later this year.

The Eastbourne branch of the RNLI is currently raising funds for the multi- million pound boat which will replace the current all weather boat which has been in use for 20 years.

The new Tamar class lifeboat is on target to be completed within the next few weeks and this week crew members were due to visit the workshop to check on its progress.

A total of £700,000 is needed, which will give the volunteers the safety and speed they need to continue saving lives at sea.

The state-of-the-art lifeboat will be named Diamond Jubilee as it will take to the seas of Eastbourne in the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Paul Metcalfe, Eastbourne lifeboat operations manager, said, “The new Tamar lifeboat will replace our current Mersey class lifeboat, The Royal Thames, which has served us well since 1993 and has launched on hundreds of rescue missions during her lifetime.”

A spokesperson for the crew said, “We are hopeful that a senior royal will come to Eastbourne to name and launch the new lifeboat but no names have been mentioned and nothing confirmed yet.”