Rhyl RNLI Open day 2017 on 30 July. A fun but blustery day!
The volunteers of Rhyl RNLI lifeboat crew held their Open day on Sunday to raise awareness of the RNLI, and to display the community support which the crew have created within the town
The day started very well with a windy but fine day, enabling the crew to display their equipment and to invite fellow emergency services and friends to participate in the event.
Other exhibits were (not in any particular order)....
RNLI face-to-face recruiters
RNLI Flood Rescue team
UK Coastguards local volunteer Coast Rescue Team
Rhyl and Prestatyn First responders team
Local community and traffic police teams
RNLI fundraisers and shop
RNLI hovercraft rescue from Hoylake on the Wirral
RNLI education and safety personnel
Fins swim school "Mermaids"
Gareth McGuire and his RNLI models
The Owl rescue birds
Newfoundland rescue swimming dogs from Leicester
Military vehicles enthusiasts
Coast Riders "Back to Zero" Scooter club
If we have forgotten any others who were involved, we apologise!
The event was opened by Town Mayor Cllr. Alan James and his consort Cllr. Wyn - Mullen-James.
During the event, the small but vociferous crowd were entertained by various music acts from the local vicinity, all who gave their services free. They were...
Kyle Parry (album out now!)
Kaz McElroy (single out now!)
MavMac (album out!)
and The Old Scrotes (local folk band - no album as yet?)
An album has been posted on Facebook as it is not possible to put all the photos on the release.
The crew are extremely grateful to all those supporters who turned up for the Open day. Whilst it is primarily a community awareness event, nearly £1000 was raised to go towards the local lifeboat funds. The shop also had a bumper day, breaking takings totals for the previous year.
The attached photos were gathered from many contributors from all platforms, and we thank them for that.
The crew's next major event is on Sunday 13 August when they hold the annual Rhyl RNLI harbour raft race in the harbour. See Rhyl Lifeboat facebook page for details.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.