Model boats and ships fill Whitstable Lifeboat Station
The Whitstable Lifeboat found itself ousted from its own boathouse to make way for much smaller craft when the Heron Model Boat Club held their annual show at the station on Sunday.
As with previous years visitors were asked to vote for what they thought was their favourite model with the nomination going to John Boyd for his model of a tug.Glen Richardson Chairman of the Heron Model Boat Club said “The Heron Model Boat Club currently has 97 members and caters for those who have an interest in all aspects of model boat building, working or static. The club sails two days a week, Wednesday and Sunday, on the freshwater Lake in the Memorial Park at Herne Bay where we hold various club sailing events during the season".
"The club also attend exhibitions and visit other clubs throughout the summer with our own regatta on the Sunday of August Bank Holiday and hold monthly evening meetings from 7.30pm at Hampton Pier Yacht Club from February to November. The club welcomes experienced modellers and beginners alike, all are welcome".
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.