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Stormy Stan brings in the crowds at RNLI Rye Harbour

Lifeboats News Release

The Open Day on Saturday 20 July got off to a nautical start with local group The Round Rye Bay Singers entertaining the crowd with shanties and sea songs

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Stormy Stan is very popular at RNLI Rye Harbour

Tony Edwards, former Lifeboat Operations Manager of the station, cut a tape at 11.00 a.m. to kick off the proceedings. There were plenty of stalls for people to buy from and the raffle prizes were outstanding. Many thanks to all the local businesses and villages who donated so generously.

Stormy Stan arrived in style in an open-top sports car, much to the delight of the crowds. Children were hopping about waiting to have their picture taken with him. Later Stormy Stan headed off into Rye, encouraging people to come and give their support: people loved it.

A highlight of the day was the arrival of The Morell, a Shannon-class lifeboat from Dungeness. The crowds were waving from the slipway as she arrived, escorted by Hello Herbie II, the Atlantic 85 Rye Harbour inshore lifeboat. Natalie, a navigator from Dungeness, commented: 'We love supporting our flank station at Rye Harbour. It is always good to catch up and be part of such a fun day.' Thank you to the Rother Responders, the Fire and Rescue Service and Safety at Sea for their support too. It is an important message to convey: the agencies all working together to keep people safe.

Natalia and Charlotte Hayter enjoyed trying on the senior launchers’ helmets and their father said, 'Seeing the Shannon up close was awesome for the girls. It was a pleasure to see the volunteer men and women of this charity on their Open Day and to give them the recognition that they deserve.'

There was a buzz about the place as people flocked through, buying raffle and tombola tickets, teas and coffees and cakes. We raised over £1,220 and Paul Bolton (LOM) remarked as the event drew to a close, 'I was proud of my team today as they all worked hard to make it a success. A lot of preparation goes in, long in advance of the day itself. A particular thank you to Mark Stephenson and his fund-raising team who did the organising, and all those who helped. We even managed to recruit some new crew-members. A great success all round.'

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Kt Bruce, Rye Harbour RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (07789) 818878 Kt@ktbrucephotography.com

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East), 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

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Future Crew at Rye Harbour

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top team at Rye Harbour

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Rother Responders and Fire service teams

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The Morrell leaving the Harbour

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Natalya and Charlotte Hayter with shore crew members Steve Brown and Paul Anderson

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 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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or or by email.

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