Newhaven Lifeboat Fete should raise £4,500

Newhaven Lifeboat Fete is offially opened. Photo by James Rye
Newhaven Lifeboat Fete is offially opened. Photo by James Rye

Rain cleared in time for visitors to Newhaven Lifeboat Fete to enjoy a day of stalls, entertainment and displays.

The annual event on Saturday July 5 looks set to raise about £4,500 for the lifeboat which keeps people safe at sea.

Organisers said the fete was a success and added they were considering moving it to a bigger venue next year.

Fete organiser and secretary for Newhaven and District Lifeboat Society Graham Hillman said: “Visitors seemed to be a little down on last year - perhaps the drizzly rain and windy weather of the morning put people off venturing out - but we think there were approximately 1,500 people between the fete and the boathouse.

“The event was, indeed a success in the end - the weather cleared up nicely and we even saw glimpses of sunshine during the afternoon.

“We are considering moving the fete to Fort Road Rec for next year so it can be bigger and better, so watch this space!

“The Newhaven Lifeboat Fete is the biggest event organised by the fundraisers and the one that usually generates the most in a single event.”

The fete on West Quay was announced by the Town Crier of Peacehaven, Jon Borthwick.

He introduced the deputy mayor of Seaford Terry Goodman to formally open the fete.

Telscombe mayor Wayne Botting with his consort Emily and deputy mayor of Newhaven Diane Hall also attended.

There was a bouncy castle, a rope maze provided by 3rd Newhaven Scouts.

The award winning Norcross Dancers performed a display and community choir Haven Harmonies sang.

At the Lifeboat House the 18 piece band Maestro Music delighted the crowds.

The celebration weekend continued on Sunday afternoon with the lifeboat display at Seaford Beach. The Coastguard helicopter also took part.

The marvellous display demonstrated the skills of the volunteer lifeboat crew.

Knowledgeable and informative live commentary was provided by Sea Safety Officer, Bill Walton, who said: “This display is the best I have seen in years. A true privilege to commentate on.”

Fete organiser and secretary for Newhaven and District Lifeboat Society Graham added: “The local district, individuals and businesses, have passionately and proudly supported their local lifeboat for many a year.

“With their continuing support, we very much hope to maintain a lifeboat at Newhaven for many more years into the future.” Local coordinated fundraising first started in 1948 with the formation of the Ladies Lifeboat Guild and a summer event has been held in the town every year since.

The Ladies Lifeboat Guild disbanded in 1979, with the current fundraising group being formed the same year.

Anyone looking for details of upcoming fundraising events in support of RNLI Newhaven, such as Storytelling Evenings, Open Garden Event, Car Boot Sale and Quiz Nights should email