Events : Hastings Lifeboat Naming Ceremony 27th April 2019
Sussex Brass are playing at the RNLI naming ceremony for the new Shannon class lifeboat based at Hastings.
The Shannon is the latest class of all-weather lifeboat to join the RNLI fleet. She’s the first modern all-weather lifeboat to be propelled by water-jets instead of traditional propellers, making her our most agile and maneuverable all-weather lifeboat yet.
The Shannon lifeboat was designed to be launched and recovered from a beach via a new faster and safer launch and recovery system and can also be launched from a slipway or lie afloat.
The new Shannon-class lifeboat to be stationed at Hastings is to be named Richard and Caroline Colton after the late Mr Richard Colton of Wellingborough and his late wife Caroline Colton.
Richard passed away in March 2015 and left an extraordinary legacy to the RNLI of two of the world’s rarest Ferraris. The classic cars were sold at auction for an impressive £8.5 million – making the vehicles the most valuable items ever left to the RNLI – and part of this has been used to fund the all-weather lifeboat Richard and Caroline Colton at Hastings. Richard Colton’s legacy is also funding the new Shannon Launch and Recovery rig for Hastings, which will be named Richard and Mark Colton, after his late son Mark.