Town's first Lifeboat Open Day an 'amazing success'

RNLI volunteers ready to start the lifeboat pull around town - Photo by Helen Brodie.

THE station softrak tractor 'Kays Cart' towering Puffin up Pier Street, in a demo launch scenario - Photo by Mike Lang.

IAN and Freya Chandler, Simon, Lilly and Rebecca Huntsman also had a go at welly-wanging - Photo by Mike Lang.

RNLI face-to-face fundraisers Molly Fenton and Emma White at the Lifeboat station - Photo by Mike Lang.

CREW en route to the jetty during one of the shout demonstrations - Photo by Mike Lang.

MARC Lynham, Burnham's mobile ice cream seller, pledged his support for the day, and his takings went to the RNLI - Photo by Mike Lang.

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BURNHAM Lifeboat Open Day is set to become an annual fixture in the calendar after the first event was a huge success.

Crowds flocked to the town on Sunday to take the opportunity to join in the fun and games laid on and find out more about the men and women who provide the life-saving service.

Among the attractions were a Land Rover and lifeboat pull through town, a demonstation of a ‘shout’ giving onlookers chance to see all that is involved when the lifeboat is called out, and chance to inspect the kit and chat to the volunteers.

Family fun including welly wanging, throwing wet sponges at lifeboat men, a tombola, raffle and cake sale.

RLNI press officer Mike Lang told the Weekly News: “It was an amazing success, enhanced by the excellent weather, and almost certain to become an annual event.

“The volunteers raised more than £1,000 towards RNLI funds, plus the lifeboat shop saw a massive upturn in takings.”

To see more pictures, pick up a copy of this week's Weekly News.

 

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