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Allchorn Boats Pick Up Prestigious Award
Allchorn Pleasure Boats of Eastbourne are set to pick up a prestigious restoration award on Thursday 3rd June, from HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
Allchorn Pleasure Boats of Eastbourne are set to pick up a prestigious restoration award on Thursday 3rd June, from HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

The Royal Patron will be handing over the Highly Commended award on behalf of the Transport Trust, in recognition of the extensive restoration work Allchorn Pleasure Boats has undertaken throughout 2003.

The presentation will take place at HMS President in London, and will be attended by Allchorn Pleasure Boats Co-Directors Chris Laycock and Richard Baker.

The company has an ongoing restoration and preservation programme for the ‘William Allchorn’ and ‘Southern Queen’, which run pleasure boat trips to Beachy Head from their beach jetty near Eastbourne Pier.

The company also recently launched their new recruit ‘The Robert’, an ex-RNLI Lifeboat, which will be running cruises from Eastbourne’s £50 million Sovereign Harbour to national beauty spot Beachy Head. They intend to restore her to an ‘as built’ condition and layout over the coming years, so that she can operate as a true tribute to the professional dedication of Eastbourne’s lifeboat Coxswains and crews, past and present.

Christopher Laycock, Co-Director of Allchorn Pleasure Boats said “Naturally, we are extremely pleased and honoured to receive such an award. However, although there is still a long way to go in our restoration programme, this award reflects more on the high level of commitment, and the continued enthusiasm of our dedicated staff, who work tirelessly, winter and summer alike, to ensure this unique Eastbourne attraction continues an historic tradition which started in 1861”.

Norman Kinnish, Director of Economy, Tourism & Environment for Eastbourne Borough Council said “This award is great news for Allchorn Pleasure Boats and the timing is perfect for Eastbourne. As Sovereign Harbour continues to develop into one of the most sophisticated Marina’s in Europe, investment is developing Eastbourne’s seafront into a vibrant mix of café society culture and family activities. With these historical pleasure boat cruises now operating from both the seafront and the marina, visitors and residents alike will have plenty to enjoy.”

Allchorn Pleasure Boats have been running for 142 years. Every year thousands of passengers enjoy pleasure cruises on the ‘Southern Queen’ and ‘William Allchorn’ from their beach jetty near Eastbourne Pier to Beachy Head and its famous lighthouse, taking in a unique Sussex Downland Seascape.

‘The Robert’ will also provide cruises from Sovereign Harbour to Beachy Head, Eastbourne Pier and The Royal Sovereign Light Tower to view shipping in The Channel. For more information on cruises visit or telephone 01323 410606.

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03 June, 2004

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