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Blackpool RNLI lifeboat station free family fun day Saturday 5th August 2017

Lifeboats News Release

Blackpool RNLI lifeboat station will open its doors to the public on Saturday 5th August 2017 for a free family fun day. The fun begins at 10am with lots of entertainment throughout the day for the whole family.

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Blackpool RNLI volunteers 2016

Members of the public will have the opportunity to meet our volunteer crewmembers, try on kit, explore the boats and the launch and recovery vehicles, win fantastic prizes in the raffle, and take part in a whole host of other exciting games and competitions throughout the day. We’ll be hosting our first annual tug of war competition and a children’s sandcastle building competition on the beach. We’ll also have lots of music from a huge array of live bands and performers. There really will be something for everyone.

RNLI volunteer lifeboat crewmember Nick White said ‘We’re all really looking forward to welcoming everyone to our lifeboat station on Saturday. There will be lots of fun activities for the whole family and a rare opportunity for members of the public to explore the lifeboats, tractor and landrover.’

Blackpool RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Keith Horrocks MBE added ‘All of the volunteers at the lifeboat station are thoroughly looking forward to opening the station’s doors to the public this Saturday. The family fun day is a wonderful opportunity for us to show people our fantastic boats and facilities and help them to learn a bit more about keeping safe in the water and on the beach.’

RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact Esther Lowe Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, RNLI Blackpool. Home 01253 508603, lifeboat station 01253 620424 or email

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Blackpool RNLI Atlantic 85 Lifeboat B867 William & Eleanor

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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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