Photos are now available - please click here
Also, a marvellous video taken by Ted Clamp (and his wife, Sue) as he walked the route with us all, collecting money - please click here
To mark the 150th anniversary of Selsey RNLI Lifeboat Station the events of 5th June 1861 were re-enacted on Sunday. Although the station's original lifeboat, Friend, has not survived we were fortunate to have available the magnificently restored and similar pulling and sailing lifeboat Queen Victoria (ON112) which was pulled through the streets of Selsey by four Percheron heavy horses to mimic the original occasion.
Whilst the weather could have been better it did not spoil the day’s activities, judging by the community’s response before, during and after the parade. Grateful thanks go from all at Selsey RNLI to residents and visitors alike who helped fill our buckets with many generous donations realising £1,589.37. With the Seal Pub & Restaurant’s fantastic contribution of £465 from their hog roast, sponsored by Michael Bentley-Novell, a grand total of £2,054.37 was raised.
The Branch Chairman (John Light) commented: “We were surprised and delighted at the number of people lining the streets around the route, who gave so generously in support of their local lifeboats.”
John Light, Coxswain (Martin Rudwick) and the volunteer crew, together with fundraisers and souvenir shop staff entered into the spirit of the occasion by dressing up (at least as near as possible) in Victorian attire! The procession itself took about 3 hours to complete but the enthusiasm was just as great at the end as it was in the beginning.
It was also the station's ‘Open Day’ with Selsey’s current lifeboats: Voluntary Worker and Betty and Thomas Moore on display with information provided and questions answered by the volunteer Boathouse Attendants.