Volunteer fundraisers for RNLI Moelfre who organise the day have been overwhelmed by the success of Saturday’s event which has been marked as Moelfre’s best lifeboat day to date, raising over £10,000
After 12 long months of dedication and hard work by the Moelfre fundraising group, the village of Moelfre welcomed over 8000 visitors to its annual RNLI lifeboat day last Saturday. Events started at 10am with stall holders lining the street along Moelfre’s picturesque beach and village green. The event was hosted, and broadcasted live by Mon FM, with fantastic live music performances by the bands ’Pretty Ugly’ and ‘Miv, Dave & kev’ who entertained the crowds.
A new and surprise addition to the popular day was a fly-past from the RAF Red Arrows. Ten jets flew in the signature V formation, with smoke at 12:30. Supervisor of the RAF aerobatic team Red Ten massaged the crew via twitter and said - ‘It looks busy down there, keep up the good work’
The RNLI lifeboat display was carried out in front of thousands of onlookers with both the all-weather lifeboat Kiwi and inshore lifeboat Enfys. Hundreds of visiting craft of all shapes and sizes escorted the lifeboats into the bay. The planned rescue helicopter display had to be cancelled they were tasked to a rescue in the Snowdonia mountains. Spirits were kept high by the earlier Red Arrows display.
Event head-organiser Mandy dales said:
‘We’ve had such amazing support from the community, visitors, supporters, stall holders and lifeboat crew. Everyone does a fantastic job in making the day what it has successfully become. A personal thank you to the army of bucket collectors who raised a magnificent £1445 alone! Also to the lifeboat day committee members who make it all happen’
Moelfre Lifeboat station Deputy second Coxswain Nigel Musgrave who was at the helm of the all-weather lifeboat said-
‘It’s one of the best lifeboat days I’ve had the pleasure of taking part in. The village do a fantastic job in supporting the day and without them it wouldn’t be possible. And the surprise visit from the Red Arrows made it all the more special’
Next year’s lifeboat day will be held on August the 12th 2017 which has been promised by event organisers to be ‘even bigger and better’
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