Worthing's heroic lifeboatmen have been remembered on #Worthing beach with the re-dedication of a memorial stone and the unveiling of a new information board.
Commissioned by The Worthing Society and designed by local artist Jessica Gill, the board includes the names of 16 local lifeboatmen who died carrying out rescues using early open lifeboats. Many of the fishermen still have descendents living in the town today.
Worthing became a 'Lifeboat Town’ following the Lallah Rooke disaster in 1850. Eleven local fishermen drowned in the rescue attempt when their lugger overturned in a ferocious storm, leaving 47 widows and children.
In a ceremony organised by The Worthing Society, the Mayor of Worthing Councillor Hazel Thorpe unveiled the new information board at the beach Memorial Garden by Splashpoint.
The rededication of the memorial stone, made of Welsh slate and commissioned by The Worthing Society in 2013, was led by the Reverend Ginny Cassell from Storm Ministries.
Rob Blann, author of 'A Town's Pride' and descendent of one of the early lifeboatmen read out the names of the 16 men who gave their lives, and a local choir, 'Singers Required', sang maritime songs.
The present day Shoreham Lifeboat also paid tribute offshore by performing life-saving exercises and casting afloat a bouquet of 16 red flowers, one for each man. In recognition of the work of the RNLI, the Councils’ Beach Office will now also be flying the the RNLI flag permanently by Splash Point.