Winkle Club to remember seafarers this Christmas

Winkle Club presentation SUS-151215-124917001
Winkle Club presentation SUS-151215-124917001

Hastings Winkle Club has organised a special procession and service to remember former lifeboatmen, coastguards and fishermen at Christmas.

Winkle Club vice chairman Richard Stevens said: “Under the title of A Christmas Time to Remember, representatives from the Lifeboat Institution, Her Majesty’s Coastguards, fishermen and Winkle Club members, will come together and process in memory of those who served these organisations and who are no longer with us but still very much remain as much loved and respected citizens from our seafaring past.”

The procession will leave the Priscilla MacBean lifeboat site at the bottom of Old London Road at approximately 7.15pm on Saturday (December 19), with people mustering at 6.30pm.

It will then proceed down All Saints Street, led by a lone Piper.

At Winkle Island there will be a short Act of Remembrance and hot soup will be provided for participants and supporters.

Trees of Messages will be in place on the island commemorating loved-ones and family members from the Old Town seafaring community.

The bells of All Saints Church will ring out in celebration and remembrance.

The mayor, deputy mayor, High Sheriff and Old Town Parish clergymen will be present, together with leading figures from the key organisations.

“It is hoped that the whole community will come together to remember those who gave so much on our behalf”, said Pauline Lindsay, the Winkle Club’s fundraising chairman.

“It is a chance for the community to express its gratitude.”

Hastings mayor Bruce Dowling launched the project by completing the first remembrance card at East Hastings Sea Angling Club back in October during a special screening of a DVD showing the Priscilla Macbean restoration project.

In other Winkle Club news, the Hastings Motorboat and Yacht Club in Rock-a-Nore Road,received a special ‘Winkle Up!’of thanks at a presentation ceremony at its clubhouse on Saturday, December 12.

As a result of fundraising activities during the yacht club’s golden jubilee year, the Club was able to donate £600 to the Winkle Club’s Charity for local good causes. In return, the Winkle Club presented the Commodore of the Motorboat and Yacht Club with a Certificate of Appreciation for their generosity.

Winkle Club chairman, Richard Read said: “Club members have made a wonderful donation to us and all money received will go to the Winkle Club’s chosen good local causes.”

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