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Model boats and ships fill Whitstable Lifeboat Station

Lifeboats News Release

The Whitstable Lifeboat found itself ousted from its own boathouse to make way for much smaller craft when the Heron Model Boat Club held their annual show at the station on Sunday.

The Heron Model Boat Club's Carl Brunger supervises Joshua Pennington, three as he sails a model lifeboat watched by Viola Mongiardo, five and Mum Alice Gatt at the model boat exhibition at Whitstable Lifeboat Station on Sunday. Picture: RNLI Whitstable

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The Heron Model Boat Club's Carl Brunger supervises Joshua Pennington, three as he sails a model lifeboat watched by Viola Mongiardo, five and Mum Alice Gatt at the model boat exhibition at Whitstable Lifeboat Station on Sunday. Picture: RNLI Whitstable

The Herne Bay based club have held the show in the boathouse for well over 20-years and on Sunday 47 model boats and ships ranging from dinghies and yachts, fishing boats merchant ships, warships, tugs and of course lifeboats packed the boat hall.

As with previous years visitors were asked to vote for what they thought was their favourite model and lifeboats not surprisingly came out on top with getting the nomination going to Ray Stockley's large model of an 'All Weather Lifeboat'

Tim Pearce the club's Vice-Chairman said “We had more visitors than usual and made approximately £50 which will go to the lifeboat in addition to £200 we raised from the sale of a late members model boats and tools”.

The Heron Model Boat Club caters for those who have an interest in all aspects of model boat building, working or static. The club sails two days a week, Wednesday and Sunday, on the freshwater Lake in the Memorial Park at Herne Bay where we hold various sailing events during the season”.

“The club also attend exhibitions and visit other clubs throughout the summer and hold monthly evening meetings from 7.30pm at Hampton Pier Yacht Club from February to November. The club welcomes experienced modellers and beginners alike, all are welcome”.



Notes to editors:

Whitstable RNLI Lifeboat Station was established in 1963 by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and is one of 237 lifeboat stations around the shores of the UK and IrelandThe volunteer crews provide a maritime search and rescue service for the Kent coast. They cover the area between the Kingsferry Bridge on the Swale, in the west, around the south-eastern side of Sheppey and along the coast through Whitstable and Herne Bay to Reculver in the east and outwards into the Thames Estuary.

The station is equipped with an Atlantic 85 lifeboat named Lewisco, purchased through a bequest of a Mrs Lewis of London who passed away in 2006.
She is what is known as a rigid inflatable inshore lifeboat, the boat’s rigid hull being topped by an inflatable sponson. She carries a crew of four people.

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The Heron Model Boat Club's Ray Darvell with his model Tug built by the late Pat Kemp who was a helmsman and later Deputy Launching Authority at Whitstable Lifeboat during the model boat exhibition at the Lifeboat Station on Sunday. Picture: RNLI Whitstable

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The Heron Model Boat Club's Ray Darvell with his model Tug built by the late Pat Kemp who was a helmsman and later Deputy Launching Authority at Whitstable Lifeboat during the model boat exhibition at the Lifeboat Station on Sunday. Picture: RNLI Whitstable
Emma Schofield admires Peter Champion's 'workboat' at the model boat exhibition at Whitstable Lifeboat Station on Sunday. Picture: RNLI Whitstable

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Emma Schofield admires Peter Champion's 'workboat' at the model boat exhibition at Whitstable Lifeboat Station on Sunday. Picture: RNLI Whitstable
Carol and Ron Church take a look at some of the many models on display at the model boat exhibition at Whitstable Lifeboat Station on Sunday. Picture: RNLI Whitstable

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Carol and Ron Church take a look at some of the many models on display at the model boat exhibition at Whitstable Lifeboat Station on Sunday. Picture: RNLI Whitstable
Members of the Heron Model Boat Club at their exhibition at Whitstable Lifeboat Station on Sunday. Picture: RNLI Whitstable

RNLI/Chris Davey

Members of the Heron Model Boat Club at their exhibition at Whitstable Lifeboat Station on Sunday. Picture: RNLI Whitstable

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