Pebble project gathers momentum

The crew portraits on the pebbles

The project to create a modern-day memorial to the gallant crew of the Mary Stanford lifeboat who gave their lives in November 1928 is gathering momentum in Rye Harbour.

Two new large donations have been received to help the project reach fruition. The first, of £500, was given by The Craft Club which was founded on April 1 1991 at the bar of the Rye Golf Club and has been raising funds for good causes, including the RNLI, ever since . The second, of £1,000, was promised today by Martello Developments, a local property company.

Many more local groups have painted pebbles, and Geri Cottingham has painstakingly reproduced the portraits of the seventeen crew on pebbles as a wonderful reminder to us all of just how brave the men were setting out to save lives in that treacherous storm. John Mills, a local sign-writer and craftsman, has delineated the letters forming the name ‘Mary Stanford 1928’ on individual pebbles to act as a centrepiece for the rest of the creations.

A huge thank you to all who have contributed so far in their own way. If any other local firms would like to be involved please contact Kt Bruce, RNLI Press Officer:

Image Credits: kt Bruce.


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