HRH The Princess Royal visited the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) lookout at Newhaven on 15th September. NCI currently has 57 lookouts around the coast of England and Wales and the one in Newhaven, on Castle Hill, was founded in 2004. Nationally, NCI was founded in 1994.
The Princess is national Royal Patron of NCI and visited NCI Newhaven to mark the founding of the lookout 15 years ago. Her visit had been postponed twice previously for reasons beyond her control so her visit on a beautiful sunny day was doubly welcome. HRH enjoyed a tour of the lookout, spent time chatting with a number of the volunteer watchkeepers and unveiled a plaque to commemorate the visit.
David Crozier, National Trustee and Station Manager of NCI Newhaven, said, ‘To have our fifteenth anniversary marked by a visit from HRH The Princess Royal was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The Princess is relaxed, well-informed and is a wonderful champion for our work of contributing to coastal safety around our coastline and on our inshore waters.’