A Roaring Success For Port Talbot's First Lifeboat Festival.
The first festival of many to come was held recently on the green adjacent to the lifeboat station.
Due to a great deal of hard work by a committee of lifeboat personnel the festival took a lot of planning and was given the go ahead. The very large green next to the station had marquees and a funfair put in place. There were many stallholders who took up places in the marquees, with demonstrations from all the emergency services on the green. The local radio station were also present and broadcast during the day together with various artist appearing on stage. With plenty of stalls selling food, ice creams and drinks there was something for everyone.
A display was also put on just offshore between the lifeboat and the coastguard rescue helicopter, which saw crowds lining the promenade to watch a crewman being lifted between the lifeboat and the helicopter. Porthcawls Atlantic lifeboat also came along to support the festival.
The event turned out to be a huge success, with beautiful weather and a very large crowd attending throughout the day. Despite everyone being shattered after a long day, this festival will become a annual event for the Port Talbot lifeboat station.
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.