Eastbourne RNLI’s new inshore lifeboat ‘Laurence & Percy Hobbs’ was officially named by members of the benefactors family at a dedication service held on the beach at Fisherman’s Green on Wednesday afternoon (8 Dec). 

The new inshore lifeboat was funded from a generous legacy from Louise Hobbs who sadly passed away in 1999, aged 96 years; she bequeathed part of her estate to Eastbourne RNLI lifeboat station. The legacy was for the specific purpose of funding a replacement for their D-class inshore lifeboat (ILB) when it reached the end of its serviceable life.

Members of Louise’s family braved the chilling wind on the beach outside the inshore lifeboat station to join the volunteer crew and local dignitaries in a ceremony of dedication where Mrs Margaret Rapp, niece of Miss Hobbs, officially christened the new boat with the traditional bottle of Champagne.  Afterwards the party retired to the relative warmth of the boathouse for tea and cakes.