Children get on board lifeboat project

The Priscilla McBean Lifeboat SUS-150806-110452001
The Priscilla McBean Lifeboat SUS-150806-110452001

Pupils from Sacred Heart Primary School have been presented with a framed picture of the Priscilla McBean lifeboat.

The historic boat was restored to its former glory by a local team led by Dee-Day White, after its abandoned hulk was rescued.

It is now on permanent display at the bottom of Old London Road, close to the school.

Last week Hastings Mayor Bruce Dowling, who is patron of the Priscilla McBean Trust, presented pupils with a framed photograph of the restored boat.

He was joined by Dee-Day White and John ‘Tush’ Hamilton who gave an interesting talk on the history of the boat.

Also in attendance was Bud White MBE, from the local Coastguard and local community police officers PC Mark Charlton and PCSO John Tucker.

Following the school visit, another presentation took place at the lifeboat when the staff of Ore Village Community Shop made a donation to the project.

Manageress Karen presented the cheque to Mayor Bruce Dowling, to help pay for the ongoing maintenance of the lifeboat.

The lifeboat now forms a new landmark at the Market Cross gateway to the Old Town, at the bottom of Old London Road,

The site was donated by Hastings Borough Council.