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A year after being prohibited from erecting their Christmas welcoming sign in Rye & Winchelsea Rotary club have won an appeal and the greeting sign is back on the end wall of Gilfrins the jewellers. The sign manufactured and maintained by Hannington Gilbert local electrical contractors, sits high upon the building welcoming visitors arriving from Ashford on the A259. After a lengthy period of delay Hannington Gilbert were able to convince the Planning & Environment Department at Rother that Rye Rotary were not a commercial entity and should be allowed to erect the sign as in previous years. The club meanwhile has been collecting as usual for Christmas in Market Road. This year the proceeds of their collection will go to the Sara Lee Trust, Alzheimer's Society, Rye & District Community Transport, Rother Responders & The Ebola in Sierra Leone Appeal. Richard Popple of Rye Rotary said "Generally speaking we are delighted and surprised at the generosity of the public yet again. Our collections so far this year are on par with last year, which considering the problems that most people still experience is really heart warming". The Club will be in Market Road with their Pooh Bear display and collecting tins on various dates between now and December the 22nd.

Today's Breaking News

Man overboard scare sparks sea search in English Channel

By Eddie Goddard

 

A "massive search" was launched to find a passenger that was reported missing from a ferry in the English Channel.

A witness said they saw someone go overboard from the Pride of Kent ferry about six miles off the coast of Dover at about 01:30 GMT.

HM Coastguard initially said it was searching for a missing woman but later said all crew and passengers had been "accounted for safe and well".

The search for the missing passenger was stood down after eight hours.

A spokeswoman for HM Coastguard said: "The area has been extensively searched overnight and into this morning with nothing found.

"Unless any new information comes to light, the search has been stood down."

'Saw someone overboard'
 
A helicopter from Lee-on-Solent was scrambled, four lifeboats from Dungeness, Dover, Walmer and Calais, and a tug boat from the Port of Dover were launched after the passenger was reported missing in the early hours.

HM Coastguard described the operation as a "massive search".

After the ferry arrived at Calais at about 07:35 GMT, the spokeswoman for HM Coastguard said: "All crew and passengers, including the woman believed to be missing, have been accounted for safe and well.

"However, a witness on board the ferry insists they saw someone go overboard."