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Flag Day returns to RNLI Skegness Boathouse on Sunday 30 July 2023

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Skegness is excited to announce the return of its annual Flag Day on Sunday 30 July from 11:00 am to 4:00pm at the Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Station.


Stormy Stan outside the Shannon class lifeboat

The event promises a day filled with fun activities, engaging experiences, and significant fundraising initiatives. Flag Day 2023 attendees can look forward to an array of exciting events including a lifeboat launch at 3:00pm. Under the command of Station Coxswain Craig Willard, the Shannon class all-weather lifeboat will launch alongside the D class inshore lifeboat.

There will be opportunities to meet members of the local emergency services and the volunteer Skegness RNLI lifeboat crew. Visitors can explore the lifeboat station, enjoy various stalls and fun games for all age groups, and even grab a photo with Stormy Stan, the RNLI's mascot.

In the lead-up to the main event, an inflatable Shannon class lifeboat will be stationed outside the Hildreds Shopping Centre in Skegness from Monday to Saturday, ending on 29 July. The station's dedicated RNLI fundraisers will be present to engage with the public and share more about the RNLI's mission.

Brad Johnson, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, shared his excitement for the upcoming week, stating: 'We are thrilled to bring back our Flag Day celebration this year. It's a fantastic opportunity to connect with both visitors and locals while raising essential funds for our station. The RNLI Skegness team is eager to showcase our work and engage with our supportive community during this special event.'

Flag Day is a key annual community event that supports the lifeboat station's life-saving work. All proceeds from the day will contribute to maintaining the vital search and rescue service and ensuring the safety of coastal communities.

Entrance to Flag Day 2023 is free and no registration is required. RNLI Skegness invites everyone to join in this unforgettable day of fun, learning, and community spirit.

For more information about Flag Day 2023, please follow us on social media.

Notes to editors

The RNLI is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Skegness RNLI is based on Tower Esplanade, Skegness. The lifeboat station was founded in 1825 and the volunteer crew use an all-weather Shannon class lifeboat Joel and April Grunnill and D class lifeboat The Holland Family.

RNLI media contacts

For further information, please contact:

Brad Johnson, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for lifeboat station RNLI on [email protected]

RNLI Press Officer: [email protected]


Inflatable Shannon class lifeboat


Emergency services at Flag Day 2022


Blue Anchor Superstars at Flag Day 2022

Nick Walton

Shannon class lifeboat on exercise

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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