Friday, June 8, 2012
AN ANNUAL lifeboat pull along Weston seafront raised a record amount for the RNLI, making more than £1,200.
Dozens of crew members, fundraisers and supporters joined forces to haul the life-saving vessel from the RNLI shop at Anchor Head along the promenade and all the way to the Tropicana – before pulling it back again.
Spokesman Glyn Hayes said: “This annual event is in homage to the many examples over the years when lifeboats have had to be pulled over land, sometimes over quite long distances, to complete a rescue of people in peril at sea.
“The re-enactment is actually a means of raising money to keep the lifeboat service going.”
Alongside the feat of strength, there was a model hovercraft demonstration on Marine Lake held by the Air Water Land Model group.
A record total of £1,201 was raised – beating last year’s £726 figure.
Pete Elmont, the chairman of Weston’s fundraising branch, said: “The large crowds gave generously and we are very grateful for their responses.
“Every penny helps to keep the lifeboats going. I am grateful to all the fundraisers and to the crew who gave up their free time to help us.
“Extra special thanks must also go to the model group, which supported us so well.”