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Clacton RNLI host FREE Santa event

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 17 December the volunteers of Clacton RNLI will be hosting their annual Santa event at the boathouse in Hastings Avenue, where children can come and meet Santa for free.

Every year while Santa’s reindeers Rudolf, Dasher, Dancer, Cupid and co are at a secret location nearby, having a medical and thorough check up ready for their big night, Santa takes the opportunity to take the reins of Clacton’s Atlantic class lifeboat David Porter MPS (subject to operational commitments) and bring a little Christmas cheer early to Clacton.

This year Santa is due to make his arrival at the Hastings Avenue boathouse at 11am where there will be a specially constructed grotto within the boathouse, where he will meet the children gathered individually to check their wish list and offer a free present.

This annual event is a way for the volunteers of Clacton RNLI to say ‘thank you’ to the community for their support over the past year.

RNLI media contacts

  • Richard Wigley, Lifeboat Press Officer, Clacton RNLI: 07903 424698
  • Clare Hopps, RNLI Regional Media Officer, North East and East: 07824 518641
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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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.

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