Despite the weather, the Boathouse still Rocks for Barmouth RNLI
Visitors and volunteers got a soaking when the annual Boathouse Rocks music event in aid of Barmouth RNLI took place on Sunday 27 May 2018.
The day started fine when local musicians set up their equipment and started playing, drawing crowds to the RNLI Boathouse on the promenade. But soon threatening clouds appeared along with thunder and alarming downpours, but despite the rain, the stalwart musicians played on.
The all-weather lifeboat, the Moira Barrie, had been towed on to the beach, and visitors soon took shelter in the boathouse to listen to the music, and to enjoy a barbecue lunch and the usual array of tea and cakes.
Just in time, the changeable weather took a turn for the better and Roy Ellis and Al Dean performed alongside local musicians. For the second year running 19 year-old singer/songwriter Callum Wright from Nantwich held the audience spellbound, while local boy Tegid Evans and his band Session wowed all his ex-school friends with his musical talent.
Coxswain Peter Davies said:
‘We are so grateful for the continued support we get from our ever-faithful musicians who give their time to free to the RNLI each year for this immensely popular event. Our thanks also go to the crew and fundraisers, who worked tirelessly from early morning to make the day such a huge success. They all enabled us to raise a magnificent £1,149.65 from the event. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the many local firms and organisations for their unstinting generosity once again. It turned out to be a great afternoon - Barmouth’s very own Big Weekend!”.
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, in a normal year, 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.