Rock Choir sing their hearts out for Hunstanton RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A choir sang their hearts out on a sunny seafront to raise money for the RNLI.

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Rock Choir perform at Hunstanton to raise funds for the RNLI
Rock Choir had earlier brought 70 voices to the lifeboat station at Hunstanton, as it kicked off a tour of the coast in aid of the charity that saves lives at sea.

On Saturday 2 September, more than 200 singers gathered on The Green in the town, as hundreds more turned out to see them.

Choir members had come from towns across West Norfolk and as far afield as Peterborough, Northampton and Market Harborough.

After an hour-long show that ended with a rousing rendition of Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac, choir leader Sally Rose presented a cheque for £1,100 to station mascot Stormy Stan.

The total raised will be even higher once donations collected on the day have been tallied up.

'We're the West Norfolk Rock Choir and a large part of the area is the coastline, with people coming here from all over the country,' Sally said.

'We want to make sure they're safe when they go on their holidays. The RNLI are all volunteers and they're amazing.'

Hunstanton Lifeboat chair Charles le Strange Meakin told the choir: 'It's been a great pleasure to have you here again, you're fantastically entertaining.

'We're incredibly grateful for the money you've raised for the RNLI locally.

'We're a seaside town, so having a lifeboat here is incredibly important to keep people safe.'

Notes for editors

Since Hunstanton's current station opened in 1979, its inshore lifeboat Spirit of West Norfolk and her predecessors have helped save 140 lives and render assistance to more than 600 people who found themselves in difficulty or in danger.

In 2003, she was joined by the hovercraft Hunstanton Flyer, which has since then been launched 250 times, saved 13 lives and assisted a further 150 people.

RNLI media contacts

For more information call Chris Bishop, Hunstanton RNLI volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07584 147219 or Clare Hopps, Regional Media Officer on 07824 518641.

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West Norfolk Rock Choir leader Sally Rose presents a cheque to Stormy Stan to

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Rock Choir members sing for the RNLI at Hunstanton

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Stormy Stan with Rock Choir members at Hunstanton

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Stormy Stan was in demand for photos with choir members

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Rock Choir members sing for the RNLI at Hunstanton

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