A CHARITY which has a lookout station on Shoreham Beach has won a national award.
The National Coastwatch Institution was named the Charity of the Year at the British Marine Awards 2016.
Taking place on board the Cutty Sark earlier this month, this was the first year the category had been presented.
Presenting the award Fiona Pankhurst, president of British Marine, was highly complementary about the work of National Coastwatch Institution and the service it provides around the coast.
The institution is a member of British Marine, which is the organisation leading the UK leisure, super yacht and small commercial marine industry.
One of its subsidiaries is National Boat Shows, organisers of the London and Southampton Boat Shows.
The National Coastwatch Institution is a voluntary organisation set up in 1994 to restore a visual watch along UK shores after many small Coastguard stations closed.
Visitors are normally welcome at the Shoreham lookout although, when an incident is ongoing, this may not always be convenient and the duty watchkeeper may ask visitors to call back later.
For more, see www.nci.org.uk/shoreham
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