19 April 2024

A busy summer for coastal watchers

NCI Hornsea have had a busy summer, although below-average weather conditions seem to have negatively affected visitor numbers.

However, they have been busy participating in the traditional Hornsea summer events programme and celebrating their station’s fifth anniversary.

They have also had three of our new trainee watchkeepers successfully pass their assessments and move on to our rota as qualified volunteers. So, very well done to them and thanks for committing to our team.

We at the station had to say a very big thank you to one of NCI Hornsea’s key supporters. Linda Charlton, the general manager of the Marine pub (just behind the watch station on the northern end of the promenade) who has been there supporting us since the station, was first considered. She immediately opened her car park to all NCI watchkeepers to park their cars while on watch free of charge.

When the station was officially opened by the Princess Royal back in 2018, Linda provided and “hosted” a lunch to celebrate the occasion. Princess Anne was the main guest of honour, and all those present remember the event fondly. I could go on about how Linda has helped our team, including bacon butties for watchkeepers on Christmas Day.

Linda is a real star, and now, after 40 years of working life is returning “to god’s chosen county”… Tyne and Wear and the city of Sunderland. We wish her a very happy retirement and look forward to seeing her around Hornsea.

She said: “I will be back to Hornsea, I love the town and its people, but I am looking forward to being home.” So, a very big thank you, Linda. Take care.

NCI Hornsea has taken on responsibility for organising the Hornsea Open Gardens festival for 2024. The actual date is yet to be confirmed and we will announce soon. There is dedicated website which gives more information about the event and how you can take part – opengardens.co.uk – so watch our monthly article for more information.

Correction to last month’s article – K and M Turner referred to in the article as visitors to the station are not associated with Turners Timber, but with D H Turner Plant Hire and Catfoss Caravan Storage. My apologies, gentlemen.

Andrew Garvey, Hornsea NCI media officer.