A record turnout for St Bees RNLI Carol concert.
St Bees RNLI volunteer crew and guild held their traditional Carol concert at their lifeboat station on Tuesday evening.
Over a hundred villagers came along to this years carol service after following Santa and his elves through St Bees. The festive entourage made their way from the top of St Bees down to the lifeboat station, turning on the Christmas tree lights and handing out sweets along the way.
The concert started with Whitehaven Brass Band playing a selection of Christmas classics followed by the children from St Bees Primary School choir who treated the large audience to a range of beautifully sung Christmas songs including an angelic solo. At the interval, guest of honour Sally Kennedy BEM, received a presentation in recognition of her help with fundraising over the years. Other members of the crew then handed out mulled wine, mince pies and cakes. Afterward a raffle was drawn with all the proceeds going to the RNLI. In the second half of the evening everyone had the chance to join in singing carols accompanied by both St Bees Primary School and the Brass Band.
Dick Beddows St Bees RNLI Operations Manager said ‘It was great to see so many people come down to support us. I would like to thank the members of St Bees Guild for organising a successful evening and wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a safe New Year’
For more information please telephone Colin Wadey, St Bees RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 07742207222 email email@example.com
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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 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.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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