For those in peril on the sea! Last week’s lifeboat drama in pictures…

Praise and tributes pour in for the crew who manned Hastings Lifeboat on Sunday. Hastings Lifeboat crew is famous the world over this week as a video of their boat almost capsizing in last Sunday’s storms has been seen all around the globe. Now thanks to photographs by Kevin Boorman we can bring you a […]

Two Ferraris for a lifeboat… seems like a fair exchange

Hastings’ new Shannon class lifeboat, paid for from the sale of two of the world’s rarest Ferraris, was officially launched on Saturday. The classic cars were left to the RNLI by businessman Richard Colton following his death at the age of 82 in 2015. A red 1960 250 GT SWB and the silver 1967 275 GTB/4 […]

Riders on the storm! We salute the men and women of Hastings lifeboat station

When the Richard and Caroline Colton arrived in Hastings on Saturday local people turned out in force to welcome the town’s brand new Shannon class lifeboat. It’s been three decades since Hastings has had a new lifeboat. When the Mersey Class Sealink Endeavour came to Hastings 30 years ago who would have guessed then that it would go on […]

Hastings’ new Shannon class lifeboat welcomed to its new home

The Richard and Caroline Colton arrived in Hastings yesterday the town’s brand new Shannon class lifeboat. Crowds of people flocked to the beach to see the new hi-tech lifeboat arrive after it had gone through extensive trials since July and the local lifeboat crew have undergone extensive training with the new craft. The Shannon is the latest […]

Town’s new hi-tech lifeboat arrives in October

Building of Hastings new Shannon class lifeboat is complete and if all goes to plan the vessel will arrive in Hastings by mid-October. To be named the Richard and Caroline Colton the boat has been launched and is currently undergoing sea trials at the RNLI’s headquarters at in Poole in Dorset. The Shannon is the latest class […]

Locals gather for annual Blessing of the Sea ceremony

Local clergymen led the annual Blessing of the Sea ceremony last night outside the Hastings Lifeboat station. Hastings is one of the few coastal towns that still celebrate this once widespread custom of Blessing the Sea. Originally the ceremony would have been held in Rogationtide which falls between the Monday and Wednesday before Ascension Day. […]

‘Gold standard’ lifesavers will patrol local beaches this summer

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution, who provide the ‘gold standard’ of lifesaving at sea, has been appointed by Hastings Borough Council (HBC) to operate the Hastings beach lifeguard service for three years to 2020, after a successful pilot last year. Lead councillor for tourism Councillor Kim Forward said this week: “We have had all three […]