St Ives Lifeboat station day and Band in the Boathouse are a roaring success

Lifeboats News Release

St Ives RNLI Treasurer Barry Hall is delighted to report total donations and takings for the two days of £13,652 - further proof that the RNLI charity is well supported and remains close and dear to the hearts of the residents and public.

Winston Mattis

On Thursday 23rd August, the St Ives Lifeboat station team, fundraisers and organisers welcomed a huge crowd into the station and on the harbour. There was a large selection of stalls, a phenomenal cake selection which sold out, raffles, cover the flag and many more activities for all the family.

Major highlights included our crew. The volunteer crew led by coxswain Robert Cocking performed a selection of operational tasks which included the launching of the Shannon all-weather lifeboat, Nora Stachura and the in-shore lifeboat. Further demonstrations excited everyone from our Lifeguards and although the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter was called away on duties, it did come back to St Ives and enthralled the visitors whilst performing a demonstration rescue from the lifeboat, with a final treat of low level flyovers across the harbour. Great fun was had by all.

Later in the day and after the event was over, the crew didn’t rest there! At just before 7pm the Lifeboat crew were paged and responded. The In-shore lifeboat was launched to a potential issue with two people on a bodyboard, but moments after launching the lifeboat, was stood down by the coastguard and returned to the station and readied for service.

On Friday 24th August, the team once again busied themselves setting up the station to welcome visitors to Bands in the Boathouse. Hundreds of local people, visitors and families came long to enjoy fantastic music from The Hula Cats and Totally Funked up. There was a roaring BBQ, bar serving refreshments and an amazing auction to raise money for the station. Visitors danced well into the evening and a great night was had by all.

St Ives lifeboat station day and Bands in the Boathouse were made possible by amazing support from our volunteers, local people, businesses and companies. We would like to thank Aspects Holidays, The cycle centre Penzance, W J Winn, Cornish Bakehouse, Rotary Club, St Ives Brewery, St Ives Seaglass, Una St Ives, St Ives Harbour hotel & Spa, The Hula Cats, Totally Funked up, Stephen Bassett, Seb West, St Austell Brewery, Bath Rugby, St Ives Holidays, St Ives Cider, Ayr Holiday Park, Padstow Brewing Company, Izzy & Adrian Pope.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Photos show:

§ Picture 1 – Lifeguards on Jet Ski – Photo credit Winston Mattis

§ Picture 2 – Shannon all-weather lifeboat Nora – Photo credit Winston Mattis

§ Picture 3 – Donated Lifeboat cake – Photo Niki Brooks

§ Picture 4 – Robin Langford as Stormy Stan – Photo Niki Brooks

§ Picture 5 – Helicopter Lifeboat day – Photo Barry Hall

RNLI Media Contacts

For more information, please contact Niki Brooks, volunteer lifeboat press officer at St Ives RNLI, on 07384 756407

Winston Mattis

Niki Brooks

Niki Brooks

Barry Hall

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