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Carols and Mulled Wine at St Bees lifeboat station

Lifeboats News Release

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.

Joyce Ashley & Christine Wrigley receive their flowers from two of the volunteers at St Bees

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Joyce Ashley & Christine Wrigley

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.’
Some of Santa’s helpers serving up the mince pies during the interval

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Mince Pie anyone

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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