Appeal for items for new time capsule

A GROUP currently restoring an historic lifeboat is calling on the public to donate items for a time capsule.

The project team behind the renovation of the Priscilla MacBean wants to place a time capsule within the boat so it can be opened in at least 25 years’ time.

An army of volunteers started work on restoring the vessel at the beginning of this year.

Old Towner Dee-Day White spotted the hull of the lifeboat in a field in Hailsham last year. When he discovered it was to be left to rot he was determined to recover the boat. Together with Tush Hamilton he bought the Priscilla MacBean before it was moved to 1066 Country.

He, and the rest of the project team, which includes Charlie Sharrod, a former Hastings lifeboat coxswain, along with other present and past lifeboatmen in Hastings, want to restore the vessel to its former glory.

The Priscilla MacBean is currently at East Hastings Sea Angling Club’s boat compound.

Mr White said: “When restoration is finished we intend to put the time capsule inside the boat under the deck. We’d like the public to give us ideas on what to put inside, such as coins, photos and so on. We already have three copies of the Observer going inside and the capsule will be opened in at least 25 years’ time.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) a bash is being held at Flamingo Leisure Park to raise money for the boat’s restoration. The event kicks off at 10am and there will be a bouncy castle, raffle and live music.

The Priscilla MacBean was built in 1921 in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, and was the first beach-landed lifeboat designed for motor and sail and oars.

The boat was originally built for service at Eastbourne. In 1928 the vessel was moved to Kirkcudbright in Scotland to cover the area of the Solway Firth. A few years later she was moved to Maryport in Cumbria before ending its RNLI service in 1934.

Anyone with ideas for the time capsule can ring Mr White on 07812 077008.