Caister Lifeboat Day raises 9k

MORE than �9,000 was raised at Caister Lifeboat Day on Sunday as thousands of people attended the event. The fundraiser for the independent lifeboat station featured a performance from local girl band EFX, along with tombola, stalls and sideshows.

MORE than �9,000 was raised at Caister Lifeboat Day on Sunday as thousands of people attended the event.

The fundraiser for the independent lifeboat station featured a performance from local girl band EFX, along with tombola, stalls and sideshows.

People attending got the chance to tour the lifeboat and local firefighters supported the event bringing with them a fire engine to the delight of youngsters.

Caister lifeboat chairman Paul Garrod said he had been astonished by the amount of money raised for the lifeboat, given the credit crunch and that it was held on the same day as Gorleston's cliff top festival.

The shop stall was �400 up on last year's total.

He said: “I would like to thank the crew and volunteers who helped on the day because without them it wouldn't have happened.”

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The lifeboat, which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary of being independent, costs �160,000 to run each year and is funded totally by donations.

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