Wild weather causes first Porthleven Lifeboat Day cancellation in 40 years

ill Moore (chairperson and secretary) and Jean Ashton (Lifeboat Day secretary) are presented with their leaving gifts by president Brian Buxton

ill Moore (chairperson and secretary) and Jean Ashton (Lifeboat Day secretary) are presented with their leaving gifts by president Brian Buxton

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Porthleven Lifeboat Day was cancelled for the first time in nearly 40 years on Sunday.

Strongly gusting wind, as a result of the tail end of Hurricane Bertha hitting the UK, meant organisers were forced into the decision, after the marquee began to move and gazebos started to collapse, causing some damage.

With concerns there could be a risk of people becoming injured, those in charge were left with “no alternative.”

Stalls on Breageside were not so affected and the holders of those stayed in position all day.

The raffle also took place at the planned time, with a list of winners posted on the gate as usual.

Gill Moore, has now stood down as Porthleven RNLI chairman and secretary, and Jean Ashton as Lifeboat Day secretary, after ten years in these committee positions.

A presentation was made to each of them of a framed picture of the Penlee Lifeboat the Ivan Ellen, and signed by members of the lifeboat crew.

Jean Howard, from the RNLI, said: “A lot of people did come to Porthleven, including many who had not heard the event had been cancelled, particularly in the afternoon.

“By this time, although still windy the sun shone making it a most pleasant time to be in Porthleven, always a popular place with visitors.

“We will continue to play our part in raising funds for the RNLI to help saves lives at sea and will be there next year on August 9 when we hope the weather will be kinder to us.”

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Julia Gollings gets the raffle prizes ready Lifeboat Day

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Sue Wardell presents Steve Rusga with his raffle prize from the Corner Deli Lifeboat Day

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Julia Gollings presents Roland Lowery with the two raffle prizes he won

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7:30am Tue 12 Aug 14

Helston John says...

Look at all those cars parked on the harbour, you said you on the other lifeboat article you were in Porthleven Sunday Gill, did you park on the harbour? Dont you think everyone should park in the car park?

What's the point in a lifeboat that's cancelled when the weather is bad?
Look at all those cars parked on the harbour, you said you on the other lifeboat article you were in Porthleven Sunday Gill, did you park on the harbour? Dont you think everyone should park in the car park? What's the point in a lifeboat that's cancelled when the weather is bad? Helston John
  • Score: -5

9:29am Tue 12 Aug 14

Gill Z Martin says...

Helston John wrote:
Look at all those cars parked on the harbour, you said you on the other lifeboat article you were in Porthleven Sunday Gill, did you park on the harbour? Dont you think everyone should park in the car park?

What's the point in a lifeboat that's cancelled when the weather is bad?
Yes I did park on the harbour which I very often do, and I always reverse park. No I do not think everyone should park in the car park, during the holiday season Kittos car park is usually over-full by about 11:00 am anyway. In addition to which there are holiday cottages on the harbour whose occupants obviously want to park near their holiday lets and not pay for a car park every day.

The lifeboat is not necessarily cancelled when the weather is bad, they cancelled lifeboat day for public safety reasons.

Well done to those who won the raffle prises.
Hopefully Porthleven lifeboat day will be more favoured by the weather next year.
[quote][p][bold]Helston John[/bold] wrote: Look at all those cars parked on the harbour, you said you on the other lifeboat article you were in Porthleven Sunday Gill, did you park on the harbour? Dont you think everyone should park in the car park? What's the point in a lifeboat that's cancelled when the weather is bad?[/p][/quote]Yes I did park on the harbour which I very often do, and I always reverse park. No I do not think everyone should park in the car park, during the holiday season Kittos car park is usually over-full by about 11:00 am anyway. In addition to which there are holiday cottages on the harbour whose occupants obviously want to park near their holiday lets and not pay for a car park every day. The lifeboat is not necessarily cancelled when the weather is bad, they cancelled lifeboat day for public safety reasons. Well done to those who won the raffle prises. Hopefully Porthleven lifeboat day will be more favoured by the weather next year. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 2

9:32am Tue 12 Aug 14

Gill Z Martin says...

Should have said 'prizes' in my last post.
Should have said 'prizes' in my last post. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 2

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