Tragedy at the end of Pirate Day party

Tim Castro
Tim Castro

A YOUNG man is believed to have drowned in the sea in a tragic accident by falling asleep on the beach after attending Pirate Day celebrations.

Tim Castro’s body was found washed up on the beach at Bridgeway at Bulverhythe around 6.15am on Monday by a member of the public.

The 22-year-old was the youngest son of Ion Castro, chairman of the Hastings Trolleybus Restoration Group.

His devastated parents Ion and Sue are still trying to come to terms with the sudden loss.

Speaking from their home in Braybrooke Road, Hastings, Ion told the Observer: “We think it was a tragic accident. He fell asleep on the beach and the tide came in. It’s just devastating for us.”

An inquest has been opened and adjourned but the cause of death has not been established. Toxicology tests are still being carried out. Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

Born in 1990, Tim was the couple’s youngest child, behind Lia, 29, and Billy, 27.

He suffered from dyslexia but it was not diagnosed until he went to Hastings College in 2006.

In a supportive learning environment, Tim thrived and went on to gain City & Guilds and NVQ’s in mechanics and welding. Aged 18 he moved into his own flat in Hardwicke Road where he lived alone.

He was a keen supporter of the Restoration Group and could often be found working underneath the Trolleybus, Happy Harold.

Ion often took Tim with him to the popular Black Country Living Museum in Dudley in the West Midlands.

One time Tim was even allowed to drive their Wolverhampton tram on the site after hours at the age of just 15.

“He was a brilliant mechanic,” said Ion, a semi-retired IT consultant, “He was also a great welder.

“I remember one time we were going up a hill in a Trolleybus to a show when we suddenly had engine trouble.

“Tim hopped out, grabbed a spanner, a few hoses and a Jubilee clip and fixed it just like that.

“He was always taking things apart and working on his two motorbikes.

“But he struggled to find work as a welder which he found really hard to take.

“He would do any kind of work though. One time he went out on the boats with the fishermen and brought me home a big box of crabs. He just needed a job.”

Lia, who works as a garment technologist for women’s fashion chain Coast, said: “Tim was just so kind, caring and thoughtful.

“He was very generous and would give you his last penny.

“He did not watch much TV but loved the old comedy programmes like Dad’s Army and Steptoe and Son.

“He was not perfect by any means but we will miss him terribly. We are going to give him a very good send off. “Everyone who comes to the funeral must wear bright colours and please bring a photo of Tim if you have one.”

Tim’s funeral will be held at Hastings Crematorium at 2.45pm on Friday.

The Castro family has asked that no flowers are sent but donations are made instead to the Serv charity via funeral directors Arthur C Towner Ltd. Contact Colin Miller at Towner’s on 440043 or visit for more information about the charity.