The Fishy Boys support Rhyl RNLI volunteers
Fisherman's friends, the famous Shanty group from Cornwall, paid a visit to the charity's lifeboat station in Rhyl before their performance at Rhyl pavilion theatre.
They were contacted prior to their arrival, and asked if it would be possible for the station to collect after the performance towards the cost of the new Shannon-class All-weather lifeboat, coming to Rhyl in 2019. The boys agreed to this, and asked if they could visit the station in return. This also was agreed, and so the tour bus turned up on Friday 9th January, and the crew gave them a whistle-stop tour of their boats and vehicles.
During the evening's performance, Jon Cleave (the one with the famous moustache!) took time to say the RNLI would be collecting after the show and mentioned that the crew were also in the audience, getting a great round of applause.
Despite the inclement weather conditions resulting in less than expected seats being filled, the collection raised just under £300 towards the new boat.
Martin Jones, Rhyl coxswain says ' The fundraisers and crew are extremely grateful to Fisherman's Friends for the time they took to support the collection. They are really nice guys and we all enjoyed the show. Thank you'
The group are still on tour and some tickets are available for various venues. See thefishermansfriends.com/ for further details.
Photos credit RNLI/Paul Frost, free for publication
Key facts about the RNLI
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.