Restored lifeboat is star of show

Miles Jermy PLEASURE mixed with pride amongst the bumper crowds at Caister Lifeboat Day on Sunday.More than just an enjoyable day out, it was an opportunity for people to show their support and appreciation for the crewmembers who risk their lives saving others.

Miles Jermy

PLEASURE mixed with pride amongst the bumper crowds at Caister Lifeboat Day on Sunday.

More than just an enjoyable day out, it was an opportunity for people to show their support and appreciation for the crewmembers who risk their lives saving others.

More than a 1,000 visitors attended the event, which was a celebration of the past and present, with the recently restored Shirley Jean Adye that served as lifeboat from 1973 to 1991 on view.

There was also a chance for visitors to step onboard Bernard Matthews II and imagine what it is like to get behind the wheel of Britain's fastest lifeboat. On a smaller scale Gorleston Model Club's display of boats and ships included an impressive version of the Titanic, which took its creator Robin Burrows six years to complete.

A planned fly-past by the RAF Wattisham rescue helicopter was cancelled when it was called out to save the crew of a ship sinking off Southend.

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But there was a warm welcome for Great Yarmouth and Gorleston lifeboat crew who came ashore to join in the fun.

Live music and a disco added to the lively atmosphere throughout the fete held at the lifeboat station on Beach Road.

Caister Lifeboat chairman Paul Garrod said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day and we are hoping to break the record for the amount of money raised.

“I would like to thank everyone who came along and the crew who all pulled their weight to make it such a success and all the businesses that have supported us.”

“We have to beg and borrow to put this together and are very grateful to provided items for the stalls and prizes for the tombola.”

The lifeboat, which celebrates its 40th anniversary next year, relies entirely on donations and costs £120,000 a year to keep running.