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The Blakeney Old Wild Rovers have raised over £24,000 for Wells lifeboat station

Lifeboats News Release

On Friday 17 February the Blakeney Old Wild Rovers were invited for a tour of the new lifeboat station and viewed the station’s state of the art Shannon class lifeboat, Duke of Edinburgh.

Becka Walpole

Thank you Blakeney Old Wild Rovers

Everyone was in good spirits and there were lots of laughs and appreciation for their ongoing support and fundraising for Wells lifeboat station.

Gary Mears of The Old Wild Rovers said: ‘We are all based by the sea and have connections to the local lifeboat stations, Wells, Sheringham and Cromer, with some of the crew being great mates of ours, so the RNLI is a charity close to our hearts.’

Since 1999 the Blakeney Old Wild Rovers have been singing their way round Norfolk raising money for the RNLI and other charities close to their hearts. To date they have raised over £250,000, holding various events within the local community, and regularly supporting at lifeboat station events.

On behalf of Wells-next-the-sea RNLI Coxswain Nicky King said: ‘We are extremely grateful to the Blakeney Old Wild Rovers for all their hard work and continued support in raising funds for Wells lifeboat station. We all appreciate the significant donations they have made to the RNLI.

‘The RNLI as a charity relies on the kindness and generosity of people such as The Old Wild Rovers, and what better way to help our volunteer crew continue to be able to save lives at sea 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year, than with a sea shanty.’

Notes to editors

Blakeney Old Wild Rovers was formed in 1999 at The Anchor public house in nearby Morston village where a group of five started running raffles to raise money for charity followed by singing sea shanties.

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Becka Walpole

Thank you to Blakeney Old Wild Rovers

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