Happisburgh Lifeboat Day and Fete 2019

Lifeboats News Release

The lifeboat station had a very successful and exciting day yesterday (Sunday 4 August) at Happisburgh where the weather was very kind.

Howard Bell Launching on display

RNLI/Philip Smith

Howard Bell Launching on display

The crew and helpers had an early start to get the site prepared for the 12 noon start with a wide range of games, competitions, food and drink as well as educational activities. From the start there was a very large number of visitors partaking in all the activities, enjoying the excellent weather and sitting enjoying the live band throughout the afternoon.

The RNLI Community Safety Team gave advice on how to stay safe near water and how to enjoy the water. Part of this was the attendance of RNLI Lifeguards giving similar advice. The Ambulance Service First Responders were also teaching visitors how to do CPR as well as giving First Aid cover at the event.

The RAF Neatishead Museum brought their Jaguar simulator for people to climb inside and experience the feelings of being inside a jet fighter. HM Coastguards were also in attendance.

People had the opportunity to play on a wide variety of traditional fete games like Splat the Rat, Frog game, crockery smash, welly throwing and coconut shy as well as enjoying a hog roast and BBQ, bar and teas/coffees.

Visitors also had an opportunity to meet the crew, find out what it’s like to be part of a Lifeboat crew and how to become a volunteer with the RNLI.

At 3.30pm both of Happisburgh’s lifeboats were launched along with the support of RNLI Lifeguards to put on a display of how all three work together to save lives at sea.

The fete drew to an end at 4pm with the team raising approximately £7,000 in the four hours, which shows a fantastic effort by all involved.

Everyone at the lifeboat station would like to say a huge 'thank you' to all the volunteers, supporters and visitors for making it such a successful day and the team is looking forward to seeing everyone next year on Sunday 2 August 2020.

Interested in becoming a crew member?

The charity welcomes people from all walks of life and no previous sea-going experience is needed to join the lifeboat crew. The RNLI provides fantastic training to turn ordinary people into lifesavers. By volunteering with the RNLI people will gain some great experience, knowledge and skills.

Happisburgh RNLI are always looking for new volunteers to help run the lifesaving service. If you are aged 17 or over, physically fit, work or live within 10 minutes of the lifeboat station and eager to join a lifesaving organisation then please come by and say hello.

Volunteers meet every Sunday morning at 9.00am and Tuesday evenings at 7.00pm for their weekly training exercises.

RNLI Media contacts

Happisburgh Lifeboat Station Volunteer Press Officer PHILIP SMITH,

Mobile 07766007936, E-mail lofty273@googlemail.com


RNLI Lifeguard in action

RNLI/Philip Smith

RNLI Lifeguard in action
Russell Pickering and Howard Bell in acton

RNLI/Philip Smith

Russell Pickering and Howard Bell in acton
CPR Training

RNLI/Philip Smith

CPR Training
Crockery Smash

RNLI/Philip Smith

Crockery Smash

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