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Question Time at Whitstable RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The questions were many and varied and came in quick succession when Whitstable RNLI held a fundraising Quiz Night in the South Quay Shed at the harbour on the Saturday evening of 27th May which raised £1113.00 for lifeboat funds.

The Whitstable Lifeboat 'Quiz' evening held in the South Quay Shed on Saturday 27th May.

RNLI/Chris Davey

The Whitstable Lifeboat 'Quiz' evening held in the South Quay Shed on Saturday 27th May.

Around 18 teams took part in the event which filled both floors of the venue and South Quay Shed Manager Dave Cocozza who acted as compare and question master was kept busy firing off questions such as 'What is the more famous name of the painting also known as “La Gioconda”, in Star Trek what was Captain Kirk's middle name, how many property squares on a standard Monopoly board can you build houses or What was the first British newspaper to publish a daily crossword.

Being an RNLI event there were questions on boats and water including in which year was the RNLI founded, 1824 of course and what colour signifies the Starboard side if a ship. Naturally all the lifeboat contingent present answered those questions correctly.

After a keenly fought contest team 18 of Brian Hadler, Dave Hancock, Will Smith and Dave Parry who named themselves 'Scumbag College' which apparently is from the film 'The Young Ones' emerged as winners.

Joint Chairs of Fundraising at Whitstable RNLI Pete and Jo Fenton said “This was one of our first big fundraising activities since taking on the role and we thank everyone who came and supported the station for our first quiz event”

“It was a great success and a brilliant night. We would like to thank David Cocozza at the South Quay Shed for providing an amazing quiz and venue and we raised an amazing £1,113.00 for this very worthwhile cause”.

“We would also like to say a special thank you to Whitstable RNLI crew members, Steve, Ben, Ollie, Will, Vicky, Rich and Dave for helping out at very short notice on the night and to the following local businesses who provided raffle prizes:

  • Anchors Aweigh Vintage

  • The Larder

  • Millie and The Tiger

  • Far and Few

  • The Offy

  • Jane @ Graham Greener

  • Pure Indulgence

  • Herberts

  • Garage Coffee

  • Granny Smiths

  • Toys and Trends

  • Staines Farm Shop

  • Tea and Times

  • Whitstable Produce Store

  • White's of Kent

  • Gilberts

  • Honey Kanes

  • Blueprint Coffee

  • Browns Flower Shop

  • Flory and Black

  • Boardworx

  • The Beach Cafe

  • Kent Cycle Hire

  • Jo Jo's Restaurant

  • Holland and Barrett

  • Quayside Pub

  • Hotel Continental

  • Jims Butchers

  • Whitstable Vintage Lifeboat Trips

  • Rock Paper Scissors

  • Seaglass and Stone Art

The station will be holding another quiz night on Saturday December 2nd.

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.


RNLI media contacts

  • Chris Davey, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Whitstable Lifeboat Station.
    07741 012004/ [email protected]

  • Paul Dunt RNLI Press Officer London/southeast/east Tel: 0207 6207416 Mob: (07785) 296252 [email protected]

  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789


Team 18 'Scumbag College' of Brian Hadler, Dave Hancock, Will Smith and Dave Parry who emerged the eventual winners at the Whitstable Lifeboat 'Quiz' evening held in the South Quay Shed on Saturday 27th May.

RNLI/Chris Davey

Team 18 'Scumbag College' of Brian Hadler, Dave Hancock, Will Smith and Dave Parry who emerged the eventual winners at the Whitstable Lifeboat 'Quiz' evening held in the South Quay Shed on Saturday 27th May.
Dave Cocozza, Venue Manager compared the Whitstable Lifeboat ‘Quiz’ evening held in the South Quay Shed on Saturday 27th May.

RNLI/Chris Davey

Dave Cocozza, Venue Manager compared the Whitstable Lifeboat ‘Quiz’ evening held in the South Quay Shed on Saturday 27th May.
The Whitstable Lifeboat 'Quiz' evening was held in the South Quay Shed on Saturday 27th May.

RNLI/Chris Davey

The Whitstable Lifeboat 'Quiz' evening was held in the South Quay Shed on Saturday 27th May.
Team 9 enjoying the Whitstable RNLI Quiz.

RNLI/Chris Davey

Team 9 enjoying the Whitstable RNLI Quiz.
Team 11 took part in the Whitstable RNLI Quiz in May.

RNLI/Chris Davey

Team 11 took part in the Whitstable RNLI Quiz in May.

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