Fish and Chips at Whitstable RNLI lifeboat station

Lifeboats News Release

Around £300 has been raised for funds at the Whitstable lifeboat station following a 'fish and chip' evening held in the boathouse on Friday.

Derek Clinick of Island Ukes serenades Liz Yems at the Whitstable lifeboat station 'fish and chip' evening on Friday. Picture:RNLI Whitstable

RNLI/Chris Davey

Derek Clinick of Island Ukes serenades Liz Yems at the Whitstable lifeboat station 'fish and chip' evening on Friday. Picture:RNLI Whitstable

Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was temporarily ousted from its boathouse and replaced by a hall full of dinners who in addition enjoyed entertainment from 'Island Ukes' who provided singing, laughter, and music with their Ukulele skills.


Diane Randall, Chairman of the Whitstable RNLI Fundraising Branch said “Our fish and chip suppers have been popular events in the past and this one was no exception. It was a good evening that worked well with everyone enjoying the fish and chips and Island Ukes performance and we thank all those who attended who have raised funds which will go towards the running costs of the station”.


Diane Randall continued “The next event at the station will be the Christmas Fair on Saturday 16th November. All the usual fayre will be on offer from including cakes to seasonal goodies along with all the other attractions including the tombola, raffle and soft toy stalls”.


As ever the lifeboat souvenir shop and cafe will be open and the lifeboat will be on display outside the boathouse, the Christmas Fair is always a popular event and we hope to see both our regular and new supporters on Saturday and all monies raised will go towards the running costs of the lifeboat”.

Notes to editors


Whitstable RNLI Lifeboat Station was established in 1963 by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and is one of 237 lifeboat stations around the shores of the UK and Ireland. The volunteer crews provide a maritime search and rescue service for the Kent coast. They cover the area between the Kingsferry Bridge on the Swale, in the west, around the south-eastern side of Sheppey and along the coast through Whitstable and Herne Bay to Reculver in the east and outwards into the Thames Estuary.


The station is equipped with an Atlantic 85 lifeboat named Lewisco, purchased through a bequest of a Miss Lewis of London who passed away in 2006.


She is what is known as a rigid inflatable inshore lifeboat, the boat’s rigid hull being topped by an inflatable sponson. She carries a crew of four people.

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Island Ukes performing at the Whitstable lifeboat station 'fish and chip' evening on Friday. Picture:RNLI Whitstable.

RNLI/Chris Davey

Island Ukes performing at the Whitstable lifeboat station 'fish and chip' evening on Friday. Picture:RNLI Whitstable.

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