Photo gallery: Cromer Lifeboat Day fun

Cromer RNLI Lifeboat Day 2013. The lifeboat crews give a rescue demonstration. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Dramatic staged rescues, all the fun of a fete and a beautiful sunny day at the seaside brought thousands flocking to today's annual Cromer Lifeboat Day.

Off one end of Cromer Pier the town's inshore and offshore lifeboats were wowing spectators with displays of their powers and speed in saving lives at sea.

And at the other end, along the prom, Cromer Ladies' Lifeboat Guild set out their fundraising stalls including games, a raffle, homemade cakes, and huge teddy tombola. The guild raises about £10,000 each year for the cause.

Coastguards and lifeguards were also present and Sheringham's lifeboat joined its RNLI sister at Cromer to help out with the displays.

The day finished with a family service in the lifeboat house, at the end of the pier, conducted by Bishop David Leake, retired Anglican Bishop of Argentina, who lives in nearby East Runton. The Sheringham Shantymen then stood on the lifeboat to sing.

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Tony Webster, chairman of Cromer RNLI, said the successful day had the joint purpose of boosting funds for the charity, which depended on voluntary contributions, and raising awareness of the RNLI's work.

Cromer Lifeboat Station was the most visited of any in the British Isles, said Mr Webster. More than 165,000 people went to look at it last year.

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