Walton and Frinton RNLI re-opens popular local shop after two year break

Lifeboats News Release

When Walton and Frinton RNLI shop closed for the winter just before Christmas 2019 volunteers fully expected to be back in operation again in a few weeks later ready for spring. Covid restrictions however meant the wait ended up being 23 months.

Six happy people outside a shop unit showing off some merchandise.

RNLI/Miranda Rayner

RNLI Retail Lead, North & East, James Thompson (front left) with volunteers outside the Walton RNLI shop.
After a busy few weeks cleaning the shop, restocking and training volunteers the shop has now opened its doors once more.

Speaking of behalf of the RNLI, Retail Lead for North & East, James Thompson said: ‘It is a testament to the dedication of the volunteers old and new at Walton that we have been able to open in time for the all-important Christmas period.

'Around the coast the RNLI has 176 shops and currently just over 100 have resumed trading. The shop at Walton looks great and we are looking forward to welcoming back our supporters for their Christmas purchases.

'Shops like this and the enthusiastic teams that keep them running are an essential part of the RNLI, raising vital funds which allow our crews to continue in their work saving lives at sea.'

For the time being the shop, which is located at the Lifeboat Station, The Parade, Walton-on-the-Naze will be open Sunday to Friday, 10am til 1pm. However, the team would love to recruit more people to help out and extend the hours the shop can operate.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact RNLI Community Manager, Emma Cunnington by email at emma_cunnington@rnli.org.uk or call on 07800 917539

RNLI Media contacts

For more information please telephone Miranda Rayner, Walton and Frinton RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07799691852 or Miranda_Rayner@rnli.org.uk

Or Dale Steggles, Walton and Frinton RNLI Deputy Press Officer on 07540802302 or Dale_Steggles@rnli.org.uk

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