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

Peter Lilleyman gets a soaking in the stocks
Peter Lilleyman gets a soaking in the stocks

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.

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.

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

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

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.

“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

Volunteer boat crew member Roy Black with his collection bucket

Freddie Smith, aged four, tries out a safety helmet for size

Freddie Smith, aged four, tries out a safety helmet for size

Town crier Collin W Ballard draws the crowds in

Town crier Collin W Ballard draws the crowds in