RNLI at Chatham Dockyard's Easter Festival

Lifeboats News Release

A large team from the RNLI were at an event in the Historic Dockyard, Chatham over the Easter weekend to give out information and advice on beach and sea safety to around 10,000 visitors.

RNLI crew, lifeguards and Stormy Stan at Chatham Dockyard

RNLI/John Ray

Gravesend crew, lifeguards and Stormy Stan (aka lifeguard James Ring) at Chatham Dockyard

The Historic Dockyard at Chatham, Kent, the home of the RNLI’s historic lifeboat collection, is a popular visitor attraction open throughout the year which also holds occasional special events. This year the Dockyard’s Events Executive, Alana Almond, invited the RNLI to play a part in their Festival of Steam and Transport on Easter Sunday and Monday.

Sam Fieldhouse, the RNLI’s Youth Education Manager for the area, and Ian Smith, the RNLI Gallery Manager at Chatham, led a team consisting of volunteer education presenters, volunteer members of the gallery team, representatives of the RNLI’s South East lifeguard team and the RNLI’s Community Safety Roadshow. Fully kitted-out crew members from the nearby RNLI’s Gravesend lifeboat station were also touring the site accompanying the ever-popular Stormy Stan who was, as usual, only too ready to take advantage of every photo opportunity with the crowds.

Team members were able to talk to many of the visitors over the two days. This gave them a chance to answer many questions about the work of the RNLI and give out safety advice backed up by the Institution’s booklets and leaflets.

The RNLI wishes to thank all at the Historic Dockyard, especially Alana Almond, for inviting them to be involved.

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