Winkle Club Supper raises more than £2,000 for charity

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Hastings Winkle Club raised £2,598.50 for local charities and good causes when it held its Annual Supper on Monday January 4.

Among those attending the event, at East Hastings Angling Club, were two former town MP’s Michael Foster and Sir Kenneth Warren, as well as current Mayor Cllr Bruce Dowling.

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Three new members were on hand to answer the call to ‘Winkle Up’ and are pictured here with Vice President Phil Furner.

The money for charity was raised through and auction and raffle on the night.

The Winkle Club is an internationally famous charitable organisation formed by Hastings fishermen to help the under-privileged families of Hastings Old Town. The club’s headquarters, located at the Fishermen’s Club, opened in 1882.

Apart from some specially selected local residents, Winkle Club members have included a illustrious personalities such as Lord Montgomery, Sir Winston Churchill and the Duke of Windsor.

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Each Winkle Club Member (or ‘Winkler’) carries a winkle shell which they must produce when challenged to ‘Winkle Up’. Failure to do so results in a fine which goes towards local charities.

Pictures by Sid Saunders.

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