Fish supper at Rhyl RNLI's lifeboat station hailed a great success.
Over 65 guests were treated to the fish and chips meal as part of the RNLI's Chip Supper campaign, to raise funds for crew kit.
The event was held at the Rhyl lifeboat station on Friday 19 October. Councillor Peter Prendergast had been round the local area, and had managed to beg, borrow or cajole various chip shops to donate suppers or to let the RNLI have them at greatly reduced price.
The chip shops who kindly donated were...
Les & Rita's, Wellington Rd, Rhyl;
The Galleon, Tynewydd Rd Rhyl;
The Town Fryer, Wellington Rd, Rhyl;
and G & J Plaice, The Square, Kinmel Bay.
The station thanks them for their help, without them there would be no supper.
Guests (including the mayors of Rhyl and Prestatyn) began arriving at the station, and the crew rushed round the town (or the shops delivered themselves) so that all were fed by 7.15pm.
Everyone tucked into a great meal whilst the crew, crew wives and fundraisers acted as waiters and waitresses to supply the food, with complimentary drinks and bread and butter.
During the meal, the guests were also treated to a slideshow promoting the work of the Rhyl lifeboat station, including the efforts to raise funds for the new Shannon lifeboat, due to arrive around October 2019.
Mr. and Mrs. Worthing also brought their souvenirs of ropework and framed knots to sell, and this raised nearly £90 for the Shannon Appeal.
Dave Simmons, Rhyl branch Chairman, then said a short speech, and the guests were then shown a short film of the rescues carried out by Rhyl lifeboat crews over the last few years. Dave then thanked everyone for coming, and the event finished about 8.30pm. The lifeboat souvenir shop was also open, and did a roaring trade.
Coxswain Martin Jones says 'The supper was a tremendous success, and the money raised will go towards new crew kit, which is being provided to the station in the next few months. I would like to thank all the volunteers associated with the charity's station at Rhyl, for their fantastic efforts tonight'
The final total made on the event is not yet known, but will be announced when the account is completed.
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.