With the weather on our side, Lifeboat Day was a splendid day all round, though not without its minor problems.
Unfortunately, the steel band had to cancel at the last minute, due to illness, and the Sea King helicopter was unable to join the scheduled exercise with the lifeboats, as it was required on an emergency search and rescue call.
We were fortunate that the main exercise had been completed before the Amble lifeboats were themselves called out. Despite this, everyone appeared to enjoy themselves.
There was a great selection of stalls, with games for the children. The refreshments were, as ever, excellent – all home-made cakes, scones, sandwiches, etc, it was non-stop upstairs the whole day.
The motorcycles/trikes were very popular, giving rides and having photographs taken. Stormy Stan visited us, too – the children thought he was great (I suspect some adults quite enjoyed a cuddle). The children’s painting competition proved popular, as we had 168 entries, making it very difficult to judge.
I would like to thank all of the Amble Lifeboat fund-raisers, volunteers who came along to help on the day, HM Coastguard, particularly for their informative commentary during the lifeboat exercises, and the crew of the Amble lifeboat.
Also, my thanks to everyone who made a personal donation or donated raffle/tombola prizes. Without their hard work and these donations, Lifeboat Day could not be the success it is every year.
Overall, the day went extremely well and the amount raised up to the present is £10,000, which is a fantastic result.
This was a tremendous start to our appeal to raise £200,000 for the new Shannon lifeboat, due on station in 2017.
I really hope everyone who came along had an enjoyable time. A huge thank-you for your support, we couldn’t have raised the amount we did without you, thank you all.
Amble Lifeboat Fund-raisers Committee