Bridlington lifeboat station's open day almost ruined by rain

Lifeboats News Release

Heavy rain made the RNLI volunteers and helpers resort to changing almost all their preparations for the first Open Day at the new boathouse.

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Crew Adam and Joff caught in the rain.

Bridlington volunteer Fundraising Chairman Bob Taylor the man whose volunteers had planned the RNLI fundraising day could not believe how the weather had changed after all the sunshine there had been.

A plan B was called for and together the lifeboat crew along with all those who had offered to help on the day managed to get most of the stalls inside the boathouse.

Slowly the weather started to improve and with the sun came many supporters and visitors all keen to see the new boathouse and Shannon lifeboat.

After such a bad start the day went really well and a number of the stalls sold out and the crew spent hours talking to the public about the Shannon and the work of the RNLI.

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Bridlington Mayor with crew and helpers

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Face to Face staff

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Stormy and Coastguard

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Visitors talk to crew and look at the Shannon.

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