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UK mini trip visits Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 10:06 02 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:12 03 July 2010

It may be small in size but it's taking on a mammoth challenge and certainly going those extra miles to raise money to help save lives.

And musician Stevie Mann is certainly turning heads as he cover the miles travelling around the country in his cherished classic Mini 1000 car, visiting every lifeboat station on mainland UK starting at Land's End and finishing there.

It may be small in size but it's taking on a mammoth challenge and certainly going those extra miles to raise money to help save lives.

And musician Stevie Mann is certainly turning heads as he cover the miles travelling around the country in his cherished classic Mini 1000 car, visiting every lifeboat station on mainland UK starting at Land's End and finishing there.

For he has adapted his 1989 vehicle so that he can sleep in it and even put curtains up at its windows.

This week he arrived at Wells and met up with some of the town's lifeboat crew and was escorted through the town by a few other Mini cars belonging to members of the Norfolk Mini Owners' Club.

He also called at lifeboat stations at Old Hunstanton, Sheringham, Cromer, Happisburgh, Great Yarmouth and Gorleston, Lowestoft, Outlton Broad and Sothwold.

Mr Mann, who is a guitarist and singer based in the West Country, says the idea is that other Mini owners will be taking part in the charity run next year aiming at raising around £30,000 to buy a new inshore lifeboat to be named Mini 1. In future years it is hoped that there will be more lifeboats purchased this way.

Mr Mann's trip this year, while also raising money, is mainly to publicise the charity challenge during the Mini's 50th anniversary year. He said: “Lifeboat crew members put their lives on the line every time they go out and need support in the efforts to help save lives of those in trouble at sea”.

Anyone interested in following Mr Mann's progress for the rest of his challenge can track him on his website www.mini-rnli.co.uk


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