Double Celebration at Hamble Foreshore for Platinum Jubilee

The Southern Foreshore was the centre of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Hamble following the unveiling of 16 new benches overlooking the River Hamble.

The benches were dedicated by Deputy Mayor of Eastleigh Councillor Nicholas Couldrey in an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday 1st June, coinciding with Hamble’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Councillor Couldrey also dedicated a specially planted Hawthorn to the Queen at the Foreshore, commemorating her historic 70-year reign.

In a double-celebration, Jack Jarvis, the world-record breaking sailor from Hamble, was also in attendance where his recent world-first of rowing 4,500 nautical miles solo and unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean in aid of Brainstrust was marked by the dedication of one of the new benches.

The project was completed on time and within budget, with Eastleigh Borough Council contributing £40,000 towards the benches and a further £2,455 for planters and plants that adorn the new seats.

Hamble Parish Council Chairman Simon Hand commented: “The new benches and planters are a lovely improvement to the Foreshore and have been installed just in time for our residents and visitors to enjoy during the warmer weather. The Foreshore is one of the most popular areas of the village for families, walkers, and sailors alike, and there really is no better place to look out over the River while enjoying a drink or ice cream from one of our fantastic cafes or pubs.”