Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers celebrate after a year of fundraising secures new lifeboat

PUBLISHED: 19:00 13 October 2016

Burnham RNLI crews and their new lifeboat.

Burnham RNLI crews and their new lifeboat.

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Following a year of hard work raising £48,000, Burnham's RNLI finally welcomed its new lifeboat to the station this week.

The new lifeboat is called Burnham Reach and was prepped and launched for an evening training session.

It was also taken out for a shakedown cruise and made a second appearance over the weekend in a joint exercise with the organisation’s Staines Whitfield Atlantic 75 lifeboat.

RNLI volunteers, supporters and voluntary groups have all worked tirelessly over the past year to raise the cash and are now reaping the rewards.

Deputy launch authority Phil Counsell said; “There is an old and very appropriate concept; if it is not broken don’t fix it but Burnham Reach is brand new, with up-to-date equipment.”

There is a charity concert being held to raise more much-needed funds for the RNLI on Saturday at The Princess Theatre in Princess Street, Burnham, at 7.30pm.

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