The St Bees RNLI volunteers held their open day last Saturday alongside the Cumbrian Wildlife Trusts annual Beached Art competition.
The event attracted a large number of people to St Bees lifeboat station, where they had the opportunity to have a look over the station and lifeboat. The St Bees lifeboat fundraising Guild was kept busy throughout the day selling gifts and supplying teas and coffee.
The many visitors to the RNLI station included Thomas and Rachael Hewitson-Mitchell. They had been married at Haile Church and were having their reception at the Seacote Hotel. Rachael said ‘We chose to get married on 30th July as it was half-way between our 2 children's birthdays‘.
Thomas Hewitson-Mitchell is a member of Whitehaven Coastguard so they decided to take time out from their big day to have their photo taken with the lifeboat. As it was the St Bees RNLI open day it was a unique photo opportunity for them.
For more information please telephone Colin Wadey, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07742207222 or email St-Bees@rnli.org.uk
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.