George ensured flag was flying at Winkle Club

George Greaves SUS-151026-091246001
George Greaves SUS-151026-091246001

The Hastings Winkle Club has said a big thank you to George Greaves for 25 years of devoted service to the Club.

George, who is in his nineties, has been the Club’s dedicated ‘Flag-master’ with the great responsibility of flying the correct flags at the correct times on the Winkle Island flagstaff in the Old Town.

Luckily George didn’t have too far to go to perform his duties. He lives at Pleasant Row, which is right beside Winkle Island and the attractive winkle sculpture crafted by artist Lee Dyer.

Neighbour,friend and fellow Winkler, Polo Piatti, said: ‘George always took his job extremely conscientiously and with his Naval background,was just the right man to ensure the flags were flying as they should be. His will be very hard shoes to fill.’

At the reception in the Fishermen’s Club, All Saints Street, George was presented with a Silver Winkle lapel pin and his wife, Annie, was given a bouquet of flowers.

George said: “This is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me but now I am in my nineties, I thought it time to retire.

“I have enjoyed my duties very much and will be keeping an eye on my successor.”

George, is well known in the Old Town for his knowledge and good humour. He is also a talented photographer who has recorded many Old Town events over the years.

George spent years documenting the Hastings fishing fleet and his pictures now form an invaluable insight and document of the local fishing industry.

He also recorded Old Town Carnivals of years gone by and played a role in the Stade Education Project.

The Winkle Club is an internationally famous charitable organisation formed by Hastings fishermen to help the under-privileged families of Hastings Old Town. It goes back to 1900.

Former members of the Winkle Club include Sir Winston Churchill.

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