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Good turnout for Wells RNLI lifeboat carol service

Lifeboats News Release

Christmas well and truly arrived in Wells-next-the-Sea when carols and the festive spirit filled the air on Sunday 11 December, even though the mild weather wasn’t exactly seasonal.

Around 150 people gathered for Wells RNLI's annual Lifeboat Carol Service. A ‘must’ now on the local Christmas calendar, it was started by former Lifeboat Chaplain, Tony Douglas, eight years ago and is held annually at the boathouse.

The lifeboats were moved outside to make way for the congregation and the boathouse was decked out with fairy lights and a large Christmas tree.

Lifeboat Chaplain Neil Woodruff led the service and gave the blessing. The Fakenham Town Band accompanied the carols, which were led by the Wells Churches Together choir. Lifeboat Chairman Peter Rainsford, Coxswain Allen Frary, Operations Manager Chris Hardy and Crewman Martyn Flitcroft read the lessons and the Rev Alan Elkin of St Nicholas Church gave the address.

Afterwards, the congregation was treated to mince pies and hot drinks courtesy of the Lifeboat Guild. The collection, which will go to RNLI lifeboat funds, raised £326.

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  • John Mitchell, Wells RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on tel 01328 710882, mobile 07831 103166, email
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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.

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