The Fishy Boys support Rhyl RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

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.

Just before their gig at Rhyl Pavilion Theatre 9/2/18

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Fisherman's friend Shanty group visit Rhyl RNLI
The group were performing as part of their current tour of the UK. The group have been closely linked with the RNLI, either as crew or supporters, in their native North Cornwall, some of the group are crew in Padstow and Port Isaac, where the hit TV show "Doc Martin" is filmed.
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 for further details.
Photos credit RNLI/Paul Frost, free for publication
Rhyl Pavilion Theatre 9/2/18

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Fisherman's Friends on stage
Rhyl Pavilion Theatre 9/2/18

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Rhyl RNLI crew and supporters with Fisherman's Friends Shanty Group

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