[O]n Sunday 30 July the volunteers at St Bees RNLI opened up their lifeboat station to members of the public.
In spite of the very windy and sometimes cold conditions the turn out for the St Bees RNLI’s open day and the Cumbrian Wildlife Beached Art Competition was excellent. The RNLI volunteers spent the day proudly showing off their inshore lifeboat ‘Joy Morris MBE’, their purpose built submersible bendy tractor and the latest edition to the RNLI in Cumbria, the Community Flood Rescue vehicle.
The volunteer crew at St Bees spent a lot of the day showing children how a lifeboat station works. They had the opportunity to try on some of the lifesaving equipment as well as the chance to sit in the lifeboat and the launching tractor. A lot of the crew at St Bees RNLI also volunteer with the RNLI’s Community Flood Rescue team and were on hand to explain what they do and how they would help should the county suffer a repeat of the severe flooding seen in recent years.
Members of St Bees RNLI Guild were in the station offering tea, coffee and biscuits to everyone and selling tickets for the popular Tombola.
Dick Beddows St Bees Lifeboat Operations Manager said: “It was great for our crew to have the opportunity to show local people as well as holidaymakers around our lifeboat station and lifeboat. It gave a lot of people the chance to get to see a little of how a lifeboat station works. We all look forward to seeing everyone again next year.”