Working with our supply chain partners, the Baxall team delivering the new Rye Harbour Discovery Centre have been honoured to volunteer support to the RNLI Pebble Memorial project. In 1928, the Mary Stanford Disaster claimed all 17 lives of the Rye Harbour Lifeboat crew as they battled through a perilous storm to assist the stricken ship SS Alice.
This modern memorial of nautical-themed hand decorated pebbles was instigated by Lifeboat Press Officer KT Bruce to mark the 90 year anniversary. Hosting workshops with a diversity of community groups (including Baxall staff), no less than nine hundred pebbles were created. Baxall stepped in to assist with the block formations, cementing and the setting of the pebbles ahead of the formal opening ceremony and memorial service on November 17th.
Contracts Manager Alan Leigh, who has a personal and close connection with the RNLI said “Baxall are extremely happy to volunteer and support the RNLI Pebble Memorial Project in remembering the brave lifeboat men who lost their lives. We would like to thank the RNLI and especially KT for all her infectious energy and dedication”. Pictured (l-r): Lifeboat Operations Manager Paul Bolton, RNLI Press Officer KT Bruce, CEO RNLI Mark Dowie and the Mayor of Rye, Michael Boyd.