St Ives Lifeboat Day 2015
Large crowds turned out for St Ives Lifeboat Day on Saturday (August 29) to watch the last ever demonstration for one of the station’s lifeboats. The all-weather lifeboat Princess Royal took part in its final display before it is replaced by a new Shannon class lifeboat in November.
Members of the public lined the harbour to see both the inshore and all-weather lifeboats in action on the water. The crew of St Ives RNLI took part in impressive capsize demonstrations and were winched by the helicopter as part of the display.
The event was the last exercise with St Ives RNLI and the Royal Navy Search and Rescue Sea King helicopter. Back on dry land, a variety of stalls lined the boathouse on West Pier where renovation work to accommodate the new lifeboat was recently completed. There were raffles, tombola and children’s activities throughout the day which help raise vital funds for the RNLI.
Suzanne Tanner, St Ives RNLI volunteer fundraising manager, said: ‘Thank you to all the family, friends and businesses who helped out and donated prizes, and of course everyone who came down to take part and fill our collection buckets – you all made the day such a success. ‘Ansum ‘The atmosphere was excellent, a real family day to support our lifeboat and the comments we had from visitors were wonderful.’ The event, which is held annually in the town, has so far raised £6,800 for the RNLI with a final total still to be confirmed.
Article written by Chlӧe Smith.