Lifeboat Day raises over £5,200
Monday 1 August 2011
Author: Russell Matthews
A collection had been taking place throughout the week outside The Hildreds Shopping Centre in Skegness, and lifeboat crew members and fundraisers had been touring the town's pubs and bars, along with those in Ingoldmells and Chapel St Leonards, collecting for the charity.
On Lifeboat Day (Saturday) the town's lifeboats were on display outside the lifeboat station along with a host of stalls and games, and a display of model lifeboats inside the boathouse.
At 3pm both lifeboats were launched through the crowded beach for a demonstration launch with RNLI lifeguards and several simulated casualties.
The weekend also marked the 21st anniversary of the arrival in Skegness of the town's all-weather lifeboat, Lincolnshire Poacher.
Skegness lifeboat Coxswain John Irving said: 'It was great to see so many people come down to support us, and to see the Lincolnshire Poacher on her 21st birthday. A big thank you to everyone who donated during the week or came to see us on Saturday.'
Since arriving in Skegness in July 1990 the Lincolnshire Poacher has been called into action over 300 times and helped nearly 170 people.