New Brighton RNLI hoping for three in a row in the annual tug of war competition

Lifeboats News Release

The annual tug of war competition between New Brighton lifeboat volunteers and the Mersey Divers takes place at Fort Perch Rock beach, Wednesday 1 January 2020 starting at 11.30am.

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RNLI New Brighton and Mersey Divers tug of war teams line up for the group photo 2019

The volunteers at New Brighton lifeboat station would love you to join them on New Year’s Day when they take on the Mersey Divers in the annual tug of war challenge at Fort Perch Rock beach starting at 11.30am.

New Brighton RNLI are looking to keep their unbeaten record whilst Mersey Divers will be hoping to chalk up their first victory since the competition began and take the trophy back to the dive club!

The event is free to watch and the perfect chance to get some fresh air following the new year celebrations.

There’ll also be fundraising volunteers on the beach and the promenade collecting donations for the RNLI. The charity is facing a Perfect Storm with the volunteer lifeboat crews busier than ever and income down. Your donation could help to save the next life.

Ian Thornton, Lifeboat Operations Manager for New Brighton Lifeboat said: ‘The competition has been running for the last few years now and every year the number of people coming to show their support has increased. This is a great event which shows the community spirit around the New Brighton area.’

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For more information please contact:

Garreth Berry, Lifeboat Press Officer via email [email protected]

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It’s a team effort from the New Brighton crew 2019 event

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New Brighton Crew Tug of War team

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