Lifeboat station fete thrills the crowds

Caister lifeboat dayPicture: Anthony Carroll

Caister lifeboat dayPicture: Anthony Carroll - Credit: Archant

An independent lifeboat station has thrilled a large seafront crowd by giving demonstrations of lifesaving skills out at sea.

Caister Lifeboat Station held its annual summer fete and open day on Sunday with hundreds of people enjoying entertainments, games and stalls as well as seeing lifeboats take to the North Sea.

And there was a special treat for the visitors and crew as it was the first time the station’s three main boats since becoming independent in 1969 made an appearance on the same day.

Caister lifeboat dayPicture: Anthony Carroll

Caister lifeboat dayPicture: Anthony Carroll - Credit: Archant

Out to sea the station’s Bernard Matthews II was joined by her predecessor, the Bernard Matthews I which is now a pleasure craft in Wells, and in the station’s museum the Shirley Jean Adye was on display.

The open day sees about 10pc of the station’s annual operating costs of £180,000 raised.

Caister lifeboat dayPicture: Anthony Carroll

Caister lifeboat dayPicture: Anthony Carroll - Credit: Archant

Derek George, lifeboat station secretary, said: “We have been very well supported as we always are and we are grateful for everybody that supports us year on year.”

Caister lifeboat dayPicture: Anthony Carroll

Caister lifeboat dayPicture: Anthony Carroll - Credit: Archant

Caister lifeboat secretary Derek GeorgePicture: Derek George

Caister lifeboat secretary Derek GeorgePicture: Derek George - Credit: Archant

Caister lifeboat dayPicture: Anthony Carroll

Caister lifeboat dayPicture: Anthony Carroll - Credit: Archant

Caister lifeboat dayPicture: Anthony Carroll

Caister lifeboat dayPicture: Anthony Carroll - Credit: Archant

Caister lifeboat dayPicture: Anthony Carroll

Caister lifeboat dayPicture: Anthony Carroll - Credit: Archant