Newhaven Lifeboat pulls in the crowds despite wet weather and Wimbledon

Newhaven mayor Graham Amy shelters from the rain at Lifeboat Fete.
Newhaven mayor Graham Amy shelters from the rain at Lifeboat Fete.

LUCKILY Lifeboat crew are used to dealing with water, and a spot of rain failed to dampen spirits at their 65th consecutive annual fete last Saturday (July 7).

Despite the weather, large numbers came to West Quay Lawns to join the fundraising.

At Newhaven Lifeboat Fete: (from left) Graham Hillman, joint secreary Newhaven & Disrtict Lifeboat Society, Paul Legendre, Newhaven Lifeboat coxswain, Alan Dempster, chairman Newhaven andDisrtict Lifeboat Society and Mike Avenell  Newhaven Lifeboat Crew Member.

At Newhaven Lifeboat Fete: (from left) Graham Hillman, joint secreary Newhaven & Disrtict Lifeboat Society, Paul Legendre, Newhaven Lifeboat coxswain, Alan Dempster, chairman Newhaven andDisrtict Lifeboat Society and Mike Avenell Newhaven Lifeboat Crew Member.

It is hoped the target figure of £4,500 to £5,000 has been reached.

Organiser Peter Mercer said: “Although the weather was rather disappointing it was not so bad as we expected.

“The number of visitors was down about 20 per cent due to weather and the tennis but only three stallholders didn’t turn up.

“However a number of new participants took part this year and Huggetts Green was absolutely full.”

Stalls included bric a brac, tombola and a classic car display.

The hog roast and beer tent proved popular and there was entertainment on offer from 1-4pm.

The lifeboat station was open to the public for teas and to see the boats.

A number of generous donations from local businesses and supporters has helped maintain the lifeboat service and altogether the fete was another success.

Lifeboats rely solely on public donations.

The fete is the largest single fundraiser for the lifeboats in the Newhaven area and an important event for the charity.