Crowds greet Lifeboat Day parade of boats

Lifeboat vessels and the HM Coastguard helicopter.
Lifeboat vessels and the HM Coastguard helicopter.
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A whirring helicopter, a sail past of vessels and an epic rescue were the highlights of Fleetwood’s annual Lifeboat day on Sunday.

Crowds turned out for the popular fund-raising bash for the port’s RNLI, which also included shore-side stalls.

Coun Ruth Duffy and Mayor of Wyre, Coun Terry Lees,  on board the Kenneth james Pierpoint during Fleetwood Lifeboat Day.

Coun Ruth Duffy and Mayor of Wyre, Coun Terry Lees, on board the Kenneth james Pierpoint during Fleetwood Lifeboat Day.

The parade comprised around 30 yachts from Fleetwood Marina, colourfully dressed up in fluttering bunting, and Lifeboat vessels from Lytham, Blackpool, Barrow and Fleetwood.

The Fleetwood boats included the new £2.2m Shannon class lifeboat vessel, Kenneth James Pierpoint, the town’s former vessel William Street and the inshore lifeboat.

The Mayor of Wyre, Coun Terry Lees, was among a small group invited to sail out on the Lifeboat, along with Coun Ruth Duffy, Wyre Labour leader.

Coun Duffy said: “What is remarkable about the Lifeboat crews is that they are all volunteers, yet they are willing to go out in all weather and at all times because they care.

Crowds on the beach eduring Fleetwood Lifeboat Day.

Crowds on the beach eduring Fleetwood Lifeboat Day.

“It was an unforgettable experience, going out in the Lifeboat.

“I’m delighted they get so much support in Fleetwood.”

Fleetwood Lifeboat spokesman Ken Harcombe said: “Everything went smoothly and it was a great day.

“We’re not certain of the final amount raised but it is looking very promising.

Mayor of Wyre, Coun Terry Lees with (from left) Fleetwood Lifeboat volunteers Tony Cowell and Capt Dave Eccles.

Mayor of Wyre, Coun Terry Lees with (from left) Fleetwood Lifeboat volunteers Tony Cowell and Capt Dave Eccles.

“We want to thank everyone who helped make it a success.”