New Quay RNLI ready for Open Day this weekend

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI at New Quay offers a warm welcome as it holds it Annual Open Day on Sunday (28 May).

The station has a proud history dating back to 1864 when New Quay took possession of its first lifeboat, the Forester. This was a sail and row boat, a far cry from the sophisticated Mersey class all-weather lifeboat which has served the area since 1992 along with a brand new D class inshore lifeboat. The station today has 26 trained volunteer crew together with a 14 strong supporting shore crew and a small team of station officials.

Doors are open at 11am, admission is free and lots will be happening. There will be a chance to meet and talk to members of our volunteer crew and view the two lifeboats, the tractor and all the equipment necessary for the provision of a first class service to save lives at sea. A stroll around the station will bring a flavour of some of the many brave deeds performed by crew members over the years.

Other family attractions will include a bouncy castle, a pitch burst game involving soaking a member of the crew, a car wash, splat the rat and a sandcastle competition. There will be a barbecue at 12 noon and tea, coffee and delicious home made cakes courtesy of our Fundraising Committee. Stormy Stan is expected to attend.

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, commented:

'As a charity we rely totally on the public for our funding and we are grateful for their strong support, both locally and nationally. The Open Day is a means for us to say thank you and give people an insight into how those funds are used. We hope that lots of people will come to see us on the 28 May".

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Glyn Griffiths, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 01545 561285 or or Eleri Roberts, Public Relations Manager Wales and West on 07771 941390 or or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

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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.

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