Celebrating summer at Newhaven RNLI fundraiser

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About 2,000 visitors joined the fun and celebration as RNLI Newhaven held its main fundraising event of the summer on Saturday.

The fete at Huggetts Green, West Quay, and the Lifeboat House was officially opened by Seaford Town Crier Peter White, who also introduced Newhaven Mayor Julie Carr to make a short speech, welcoming everyone.

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

On a sizzling summer day, visitors were 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.

Attendance was higher than last year, although the heat was a little too much for some who required assistance from members of the St John’s Ambulance.

Despite the heat of the day, the Hog Roast proved popular and was a complete sell out and the children’s activities, including the bouncy castle and slide were also ever popular attractions.

The final total of monies raised in aid of the RNLI is yet to be confirmed, although initial indications suggest between £4,500 and £5,000.

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 with a rescue display by the lifeboat at Seaford Beach.

Unfortunately, the Coastguard Helicopter was called away for an operational duty prior to being able to join the demonstration, however, this gave the lifeboat the opportunity to extend its own training display time. The calm waters of another glorious summer morning allowed the Severn Class lifeboat, the largest of the lifeboat fleet, to come close to the water’s edge at the beach and the large audience were treated to a close view of the lifeboat and volunteer crew. Donations from beach collections totalled £190.