Gravesend lifeboat crew take part in community carnival

Lifeboats News Release

The charities volunteer lifeboat crew with the help of friends and family took part in the annual Northfleet carnival on Saturday (2 July).

The communities of Northfleet and Gravesend came together to celebrate the 49th annual Northfleet carnival.

At around 9am we travelled to the start and met with our allocated lorry (Alphatrans) and driver (Ian) we proceeded to dress our lorry (float) for the event. All taking a role to prepare the float for the parade. We had banners, flags and bunting. An inflatable Shannon and Stormy Stan came along for the ride.

The carnival procession made its way through the streets of Northfleet and Gravesend, Kent. Starting at 1pm and taking around three and a half hours to finish.

Charities and organisations were on show with their decorated floats and participants who had painted faces and fancy dress. Some playing music and some playing instruments. Lots going on for all to see. More pictures can be found here -

With many locals lining the route we were able to engage with the local community and hand out stickers and badges along with information leaflets about the lifeboat station and Respect The Water campaign.

Notes to editors

• For more information on the current RNLI Respect The Water Campaign go to

• Gravesend is one of four lifeboat stations on the River Thames that are operated by the RNLI. Gravesend Lifeboat covers an area from Holehaven, at the western end of Canvey Island, to the Thames Flood Barrier at Woolwich, a distance of 26 miles. A patch which covers Kent, Essex and South London.

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