Stage set for Shanty Crew to boost Shannon fund

The Lytham Shanty Crew
The Lytham Shanty Crew

Lytham St Annes Shanty Crew is eagerly gearing up to provide the latest boost to the RNLI Shannon appeal.

The musicians will be in concert at AKS school, Clifton Drive South, St Annes next Saturday, October 14 - and proceeds will go to the £275,000 fund towards the state-of-the art craft due to arrive in Fylde next year.

The Shanty Crew formed two years ago and sing traditional sea shanties and their own compositions on the theme of the sea.

A spokesman said: “We have sung at various charity events, mainly for the local RNLI, as well as selling out two nights running in the wonderful setting of the RNLI museum at last summer’s Lytham Festival.”

The new craft, to take over from inshore lifeboat Her Majesty The Queen, will be named Barbara Anne, with the bulk of the £2.2m cost being covered by a bequest from a Hampshire-based RNLI supporter.

Shannon Appeal committee chairman Digby Moulden said: “We are delighted that the Lytham St Annes Shanty Crew is again generously supporting the appeal for funds for our new lifeboat.

“They have raised a considerable amount for the appeal since last year, including donations given by the public at the group’s free live rehearsals held regularly on Monday nights at the boathouses.

“Their excellent mixture of traditional and modern shanties are great to listen to. They always give a highly enjoyable performance.”

The Shanty Crew concert starts at 7.30pm, with doors open from 6.45pm and tickets, price £5, are available from RNLI shops at St Annes and Lytham or on the door.