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Bridlington RNLI ready to open the doors for the 2022 Open Day

Lifeboats News Release

Bridlington volunteer lifeboat crew and fundraisers are ready to welcome the public to the 2022 lifeboat station for the first time since the pandemic.

RNLI/Mike Milner

RNLI Bridlington Lifeboats

Bridlington Lifeboat has celebrated their open day (formerly known as flag day) on the last Saturday of July for over 50 years, and this year follows that trend. The event will take place on Saturday (30 July) between 11am to 4pm at the Bridlington Lifeboat turning circle, where the public will be able to meet the lifeboat crew and the fundraisers to see what it is like to be a volunteer for the RNLI as well as see at close quarters the two lifeboats at the station, which are the Shannon class all-weather boat Antony Patrick Jones and the D class inshore lifeboat Ernie Wellings.

The station will also be holding some fun activities such as, challenge the crew to ‘kit up’ in lifeboat safety gear. Other fun activities include a frisbee challenge, an octopus surprise, hook a lifeboat, soak the crew and so much more. There will also be a raffle, refreshments, a prosecco and oyster stand with chilli jam and dinky donuts available. Lifeguards, coastguards and other water safety assets will also be in attendance.

The event this year will be sponsored by Richardson’s Ford of Bridlington and Bridlington Gold Coast radio will be hosting the event with a live broadcast. Bridlington Mayor, Councillor Mike Heslop-Mullens will open the event at 11am.

Bob Taylor, Lifeboat Water Safety Officer, RNLI Bridlington said ‘This is the first full open day since the pandemic as the last two years were virtual in 2020 and a much smaller event in 2021 with no crew present. This year we return to some normality and welcome everyone down to the lifeboat station with the crew back in attendance’

RNLI Media contacts

For more information, please contact Mike Milner, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer: [email protected] or call:07751-054052.

RNLI/Mike Milner

Stormy Stan with Antony Patrick Jones

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 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.

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