Nautical but Nice was the theme when East Sussex Federation of Townswomen’s Guilds held a special day at St Peter’s Community Centre .
The various Guilds submitted tableaux entitled The Seaside which were later judged by visiting Townswomen from Crowborough Guild.
Marina Guild from Bexhill won the Inaugural Ellen Catt Cup with their display.
Susan Neighbour said: “The morning speaker was Mr Eric Huke who was a diver who helped raise the Mary Rose, Flagship of King Henry VIII.
“His talk was illustrated with slides and was both informative and entertaining.
“After a fish and chip lunch and the judging of the photo competition and of the various displays, the afternoon reconvened with our second speaker, Mr Ken Brooks who gave a talk on the seaside with particular reference to the Hastings and St Leonard’s coast, including a very entertaining item on Biddy the Tubman who entertained crowds on the beach with his acrobatics whilst paddling his tub close to the shore.
“Biddy used to scan the shore for pretty young ladies and then offered them a ride in his tub, but only if they could swim. Two ladies in the audience had first hand memories of a ride in Biddy’s tub.
“The afternoon came to a close with a recital of sea themed songs from The Sussex Songsters with the opportunity for some of the audience to join in a choral rendering of What Shall we do with the Drunken Sailor.
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