RNLI lifeboat crew wow crowd at annual open day

PUBLISHED: 13:00 20 August 2016 | UPDATED: 13:50 20 August 2016

Children onboard the Atlantic RNLI lifeboat.

Children onboard the Atlantic RNLI lifeboat.

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Weston-super-Mare's annual RNLI open day was 'one of the best' according to organisers, and raised more than £2,000.

Sunday’s event was aiming to raise awareness and funds for the town’s branch of the life-saving charity.

The day took place outside the temporary RNLI base at Knightstone Piazza before moving to Anchor Head.

Members of the public enjoyed music from a cappella sea shanty singers the Barnacle Buoys, face-painting, a barbecue and multiple displays from the coastguard and RNLI lifeboat crews.

Children were also treated to a tour of the Atlantic and D-class lifeboats.

The event also included rescue displays by the lifeboat crews, showing the public how they save a swimmer, kayaker, paddle-boarder and kite 
surfer.

The coastguard helicopter also made an appearance, working with the RNLI on a fly-by demonstration and winch rescues.

Weston RNLI lifeboat press officer Glyn Hayes said: “This event is probably one of the best we have had. It was definitely the best air demonstration we have ever had.”

Coastguard station officer Chris Perks and coastguard rescue officer Dean Jackson 
also attended to show their support.

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