The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire were welcomed to Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat station on Wednesday (26 April) to meet the volunteer crew, station officials and fundraisers.
During their visit the couple were briefed on how the station operates and the vital role the volunteer crew play in helping to save lives at sea. After a tour of the station they enjoyed a trip on the station’s all-weather lifeboat Diamond Jubilee to Beachy Head. During the trip both the Duke and Duchess took the helm and were obviously overjoyed with the experience. On their return to station the Duchess complemented the crew on the exceptional condition of Diamond Jubilee and confirmed how proud the whole town is that their contributions has resulted in having such a magnificent vessel to protect local mariners. The afternoon was topped off with homemade cakes served in the lifeboat station at Sovereign Harbour.