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Model boats and vehicles fill Whitstable Lifeboat Station

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It is not often that the Whitstable Lifeboat Station boathouse is home to more than one vessel but on Sunday the building was the temporary home to around 30 boats when the Herne Bay based Heron Model Boat Club held an exhibition in the boat hall.

Members of the Herne Bay based Heron Model Boat Club with their display at Whitstable RNLI.

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Members of the Herne Bay based Heron Model Boat Club with their display at Whitstable RNLI.
Among the many models on display were warships, fishing vessels and appropriatley enough lifeboats but it seems tugs are very popular with the club members as there were a good number on display and also a handful of radio controlled lorries and vehicles.

The clubs Robin Graham said “We had great fun putting on the show and meeting the public and visitors to the lifeboat station and we raised £271.00 in the process for the Whitstable RNLI and we intend to hold another show at the boathouse on August 20th when we hope we can better that figure”.

“As with previous years visitors were asked to vote for what they thought was the 'Best in Show' with the nomination going to Peter Crippes for his outstanding model paddle steamer closely followed by Ben Hall and his 'steam punk' style boat”.

The Heron Model Boat Club currently has 45 members and caters for those who have an interest in all aspects of model boat building, working or static. The club sails two days a week, Wednesday and Sunday, on the freshwater Lake in the Memorial Park at Herne Bay where they hold various club sailing events during the season.

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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Two of the model lifeboats on display during the Heron Model Boat Club show at Whitstable RNLI.

RNLI/Chris Davey

Two of the model lifeboats on display during the Heron Model Boat Club show at Whitstable RNLI.
Model merchant ships during the Heron Model Boat Club show at Whitstable RNLI.

RNLI/Chris Davey

Model merchant ships during the Heron Model Boat Club show at Whitstable RNLI.
Adam Maplesden with his German search and rescue craft on a trailer towed by a Unimog vehicle at Heron Model Boat Club show at Whitstable RNLI on Sunday.

RNLI/Chris Davey

Adam Maplesden with his German search and rescue craft on a trailer towed by a Unimog vehicle at Heron Model Boat Club show at Whitstable RNLI on Sunday.

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