Livewire - June 8, 2011

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By Paul Ashworth, coxswain for Fleetwood Lifeboat

This year’s walk, in aid of Fleetwood RNLI, is called the Midsummer Night’s Walk again, as the only suitable low tides (which we obviously need) seem to occur early evening this summer.

So we are setting off at about 6.45pm on Saturday, June 18, and as it’s near Midsummer’s Day we are naming it accordingly.

(It has been also called Wreck Trek for many years, but the number of wrecks now on show is very few!)

We assemble on the beach behind the Marine Hall from 6pm, where everyone must check in with the girls (and later check out on completion). The walk is free, but donations are very welcome and go straight to RNLI funds.

It is organised and run by Fleetwood Lifeboat Crew, with the help of Fleetwood Coastguard Team and Fleetwood Nautical College.

It is a guided two-mile walk out to Wyre Light over flat sands, crossing a couple of gullies – so there is a little wading. For this reason, old trainers are ideal.

Children under 16 are welcome, so long as accompanied by adults, and dogs on leads are welcome too.

We stop at Wyre Light to look at the structure up close, and to listen to local boy band The Captain’s Crew. Light refreshments are on sale there too.

We then return the two miles back to the promenade allowing the impatient tide to come in.

For the first time ever, we then invite all walkers back to the North Euston Hotel, where food will be available, and the Captain’s Crew would have miraculously made it back already, and will be playing for us again.

Local brewery and big Lifeboat supporters Fuzzy Duck Brewery has supplied the Euston with some real ale – Wyre Light Ale – for sampling at £1.50 a pint especially for the event.

The whole event is an RNLI fund-raiser and each year the number of walkers increases. Last year was a record and, despite the torrential rain, we attracted more than 1,300 walkers and raised nearly £2,000 for the RNLI.

We are confident that this year will be our biggest yet. For the first time, too, we have printed Wreck Trek T-shirts, on sale for a fiver, beforehand in the Fleetwood Lifeboat Shop and on the beach prior to the walk.