RNLI fun day's £5.5k boost to Shannon fund

Rain failed to dampen spirits at the Lytham St Annes Lifeboat House as the annual open day raised an estimated £5,500 for the RNLI Shannon appeal.

Tuesday, 5th September 2017, 4:35 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:34 pm
Peter Lilleyman gets a soaking in the stocks

The event, scheduled to coincide with the annual St Annes Kite Festival, featured stalls, games, children’s rides, face painting and a bouncy castle along with a last chance to board the current lifeboat Her Majesty The Queen before it is replaced by a state-of-the-art Shannon craft next year.

The money raised will go towards the £275,000 appeal to help pay for the new craft, to be named Barbara Anne, the bulk of the £2.2m cost of which is being covered by a bequest from an RNLI supporter based in Hampshire.

An RNLI spokesman said: “Thanks to everyone who came along and supported the open day.

Probationary crew member Felix Lilleyman prepares to give brother Peter a soaking

“The rain meant the attendance was down a little on previous years but it was still a very successful day and we are delighted with the total raised.”

Volunteer boat crew member Roy Black with his collection bucket
Freddie Smith, aged four, tries out a safety helmet for size
Town crier Collin W Ballard draws the crowds in
Probationary crew member Felix Lilleyman prepares to give brother Peter a soaking
Volunteer boat crew member Roy Black with his collection bucket
Freddie Smith, aged four, tries out a safety helmet for size
Town crier Collin W Ballard draws the crowds in