Weston-super-Mare's Grand Pier buys donkey statue to raise funds for permanent RNLI lifeboat centre

PUBLISHED: 17:29 09 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:29 09 August 2018

Weston-super-Mares Grand Pier owner Michelle Michael and RNLI fundraising chairman Peter Elmont stood with Angus.

Weston-super-Mares Grand Pier owner Michelle Michael and RNLI fundraising chairman Peter Elmont stood with Angus.

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Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier has bought Angus the donkey statue to help support the fund of a permanent base for the town’s RNLI lifeboat charity.

The organisation purchased the sculpture which featured on its original donkey trail during the summer of 2010.

Weston’s RNLI had been gifted Angus by artist Zoe Hilton after she repaired its ear.

The pier bought the statue from the life-saving charity for £500 to be put towards a permanent lifeboat centre.

Fundraising chairman for Weston’s RNLI, Peter Elmont, said: “We’re very grateful to the pier for its generosity which will help us get a step closer to providing a new home for Weston’s lifeboats.”

The charity moved into temporary accommodation near Knightstone Island after volunteers could not safely move across its previous base at Birnbeck Pier.

Angus will be placed at the end of the pier and will replace Giggles the Gromit sculpture on September 2.

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