Monday, 10 November 2014

Firefighters take part in historic lifeboat commemoration in Hastings

A historical lifeboat is being put on public display after being rescued from a future as a chicken coop or shed.

The Priscilla MacBean, Eastbourne's sixth lifeboat, was bought by enthusiasts keen to restore her to her former glory.

Built at Cowes in 1921, the boat was the first on the south east coast which came with sails, oars and an engine.

On Saturday 15th November 2014, firefighters will take part in a special parade in Hastings, pulling the lifeboat along from the RNLI station to a dry dock at the entrance to Hastings Old Town.

It coincides with the anniversary of the Rye lifeboat disaster, in which the 17-strong crew of the Mary Stanford drowned when the lifeboat capsized in 1928. The Mary Stanford was built by the same boatmakers as the Priscilla MacBean.

Their stories will be told at a special event beginning at 9am on 15th November 2014 at the RNLI station in Hastings. The parade begins at 10am, arriving at the dry dock around 11am.

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