Crowds greet Lifeboat Day parade of boats

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

Wednesday, 27th July 2016, 12:01 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th July 2016, 1:04 pm
Lifeboat vessels and the HM Coastguard helicopter.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Crowds on the beach eduring Fleetwood Lifeboat Day.

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.

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

Mayor of Wyre, Coun Terry Lees with (from left) Fleetwood Lifeboat volunteers Tony Cowell and Capt Dave Eccles.
Coun Ruth Duffy and Mayor of Wyre, Coun Terry Lees, on board the Kenneth james Pierpoint during Fleetwood Lifeboat Day.
Crowds on the beach eduring Fleetwood Lifeboat Day.
Mayor of Wyre, Coun Terry Lees with (from left) Fleetwood Lifeboat volunteers Tony Cowell and Capt Dave Eccles.