Hundreds turn out for annual lifeboat day

Families watch demonstrations by Sheringham and Cromer lifeboats from the promenade.Photo: KAREN BET

Families watch demonstrations by Sheringham and Cromer lifeboats from the promenade.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Crowds in their hundreds turned out to Sheringham's annual lifeboat day, held at the RNLI boathouse at the weekend.

Families watch demonstrations by Sheringham and Cromer lifeboats from the promenade.Photo: KAREN BET

Families watch demonstrations by Sheringham and Cromer lifeboats from the promenade.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Local people and holidaymakers alike had a chance see Sheringham's Atlantic 85 lifeboat, the Oddfellows, which was joined by the Cromer Tamar offshore lifeboat to stage a series of demonstrations in front of the town's lifeboat station, on the west beach..

Other attractions included a teddy tombola, a raffle and stalls manned by RNLI volunteers, as well as a demonstration by Norwich Model Boat Club on the Leas boating lake.

Families watch demonstrations by Sheringham and Cromer lifeboats from the promenade.Photo: KAREN BET

Families watch demonstrations by Sheringham and Cromer lifeboats from the promenade.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Visitors also had a chance to meet lifeboat crew members and Sheringham coastguards and lifeguards, many of whom were involved in the dramatic rescue of a man whose foot got stuck in rocks on the beach a few weeks ago.

The day's events closed with a performance by well-known songsters the Sheringham Shantymen and a special lifeboat service led by Sheringham Salvation Army.

Families watch demonstrations by Sheringham and Cromer lifeboats from the promenade.Photo: KAREN BET

Families watch demonstrations by Sheringham and Cromer lifeboats from the promenade.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Senior helmsman Chris Taylor said: "Especially in the light of recent events, our annual lifeboat day is a valuable way of raising awareness of sea safety, as well as giving people a chance to see at close-hand what we do and raising much-needed funds for Sheringham RNLI."

Families watch demonstrations by Sheringham and Cromer lifeboats from the promenade.Photo: KAREN BET

Families watch demonstrations by Sheringham and Cromer lifeboats from the promenade.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

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Families watch demonstrations by Sheringham and Cromer lifeboats from the promenade.Photo: KAREN BET

Families watch demonstrations by Sheringham and Cromer lifeboats from the promenade.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Families watch demonstrations by Sheringham and Cromer lifeboats from the promenade.Photo: KAREN BET

Families watch demonstrations by Sheringham and Cromer lifeboats from the promenade.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Families watch demonstrations by Sheringham and Cromer lifeboats from the promenade.Photo: KAREN BET

Families watch demonstrations by Sheringham and Cromer lifeboats from the promenade.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Families watch demonstrations by Sheringham and Cromer lifeboats from the promenade.Photo: KAREN BET

Families watch demonstrations by Sheringham and Cromer lifeboats from the promenade.Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

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