Get in the Christmas spirit with Plymouth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Plymouth RNLI volunteers have a very important job this Christmas transporting Santa to several events around the city. To help get into the festive spirit, the charity’s volunteers are inviting you to join them at their annual Christmas carol concert at St Andrew’s Church on Thursday 8 December.

Santa’s first trip on the lifeboat is on Sunday 20 November, when the all-weather lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glover will transport Father Christmas and his elves to the Barbican in Plymouth, arriving at around 4pm. Then follows the switch-on of the Christmas lights on the Barbican, as part of the weekend’s Waterfront Christmas Celebrations.

On Sunday 4 December, Santa will be back on-board the lifeboat arriving at the Royal William Yard’s Winter Wonderland at 5pm. During the day there will be a host of Christmas festivities including a market, singing and a lantern workshop and parade.

Plymouth RNLI’s Christmas calendar culminates in the station’s annual Christmas celebration on Thursday 8 December at St Andrew’s Church, Royal Parade from 7pm.

The popular event features the talents of the HMS Drake Volunteer Band as well as Brunel Harmony Chorus, Ocean City Sound and some very special guests.

There will be lots of Christmas music and carols to get you into festive spirit, followed by a glass of wine and mince pies. Everyone is invited to the free event and there will also be a collection during the concert for Plymouth RNLI.

Amanda Brown from Plymouth RNLI fundraising branch said: ‘The Christmas carol concert is always a wonderful event and it’s a delight to see the church fill up with people wishing to get into the Christmas spirit while supporting our charity. This year promises to be another fantastic night of music and festive entertainment and we’d love to see as many people as possible turn out to support us.’

HMS Drake Volunteer Band will be playing before and after the concert, and the event is also a chance for people to meet the volunteer lifeboat crew of Plymouth RNLI.

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