Carols and Mulled Wine at St Bees lifeboat station
In spite of the rain it was a good turnout for the annual St Bees RNLI Carol Concert. The evening started with a welcoming speech from lifeboat operations manager Dick Beddows who thanked everyone for their hard work in arranging the concert.
Before the carols began two of St Bees volunteers presented RNLI Guild members Joyce Ashley and Christine Wrigley with flowers in recognition of their gold bar that was recently added to their long service badge.
Whitehaven Brass Band led the way with a medley of seasonal favourites followed by some wonderful singing by St Bees School Choir.
A raffle was held during the interval while members of the Crew and Guild served Mulled Wine and mince pies.
The second part of the evening continued with more classics from the Whitehaven Brass Band, then it was time for members of the public to warm up their vocal chords and join in with some of the traditional Christmas Carols, before making their way home in the wet December evening.Dick Beddows said ‘Thanks to everyone for coming, it is great to see so many people from the village supporting St Bees RNLI and helping raise money to help us to continue reduce preventable loss of life at sea.’
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, in a normal year, 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.