Bellydancers and Frank Sinatra at Mundesley Independent Lifeboat’s big fundraiser

Anam Cara bellydancers from left: Jackie Thomsett, Jenny Compton, Sarah Moniz, Sharon Humphrey, Susa

Anam Cara bellydancers from left: Jackie Thomsett, Jenny Compton, Sarah Moniz, Sharon Humphrey, Susan Howes, Maureen Edwards and Caroline Flack. Picture: ALEX HURRELL - Credit: Archant

Lifeboat supporters in Mundesley are hopeful that their annual Boat Day will have raised about £4,000 towards the annual £40,000 needed to keep the vessel afloat.

Joseph Ballard as crooner Frank Sinatra. Picture: ALEX HURRELL

Joseph Ballard as crooner Frank Sinatra. Picture: ALEX HURRELL - Credit: Archant

The resort's independent lifeboat, which relies entirely on donations, has already been called out seven times this year to emergencies ranging from drifting inflatables to casualties on the beach.

Boat Day, organised annually by the lifeboat's Friends group, saw the resort's Gold Park packed with entertainment including donkey rides and bellydancers, stalls and games, and is thought to have attracted up to 2,000 visitors.

It was also a useful chance for the crew to attract new recruits.

Coxswain Wayne Ellis explained that several of the current operational crew of about 15 worked outside Mundesley, leaving only a few people to crew the boat if it was called out during working hours on a weekday.

The crew of Mundesley's Independent Lifeboat. Picture: ALEX HURRELL

The crew of Mundesley's Independent Lifeboat. Picture: ALEX HURRELL - Credit: Archant


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The team would like to hear from those interested in either training as boat crew, or land-based crew. They can be contacted via the lifeboat's website, or during Sunday morning and Monday evening training sessions.

Mr Ellis praised the Friends group which runs a successful charity shop in Mundesley. Last year it contributed £50,000 to the lifeboat's coffers.

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Representatives from other Mundesley emergency organisations - the coastguard, first responders, and coastwatch - also attended the event.

Joseph Ballard, director of Arts North Norfolk and a professional actor, unexpectedly found himself changing into a tuxedo to sing Frank Sinatra songs after two booked entertainers were unable to attend.

Megan Wood, six, with Spirit, a barn owl from Sandra Dalzell's Happisburgh Owls collection. Picture:

Megan Wood, six, with Spirit, a barn owl from Sandra Dalzell's Happisburgh Owls collection. Picture: ALEX HURRELL - Credit: Archant

They had been caught up in the car-park blaze at the BoomTown Fair Festival, near Winchester, Hampshire, in which 80 vehicles were destroyed.

Mundesley residents Adele and Tony Wood took their six-year-old daughter Megan along to support son Harley Dyson, 15, who is a member of the lifeboat's junior crew.

Megan enjoyed holding Spirit the barn owl, one of the 14 owls in Sandra Dalzell's Happisburgh Owls collection.

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