Cromer deputy mayor: Support our heroes at sea

A lifeboat has been launched from Happisburgh.

A lifeboat has been launched from Happisburgh. - Credit: Archant

Dramatic rescues along the north Norfolk coast in recent weeks have acted as a timely reminder of just how much the area relies on the charity which saves lives at sea.

Cromer lifeboat open day

Cromer lifeboat open day - Credit: Archant

And, at Cromer RNLI open day on Sunday, the public turned out in their numbers to show their appreciation to the local crews.

The lifeboat station at the end of the town's pier opened throughout the day and the Ladies Guild hosted fundraising stalls, including cakes, books, tombolas and children's games.

Cromer's deputy mayor John Frosdick said: 'It's been a fantastic day, we've had loads of people down on the beach, all supporting the RNLI, which we really need here being a seaside town.

'The last couple of weeks they have been called out quite a few times so we really them and we need the people here to support them; give them the money to keep them going.'

Cromer lifeboat open day

Cromer lifeboat open day - Credit: Archant

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The open day, which included a synchronised display by lifeboats from Cromer and Sheringham, is an annual event but the town councillor revealed the scorching weather made this year's 'one of the best'.

Richard Leeds, RNLI operations manager at Cromer, agreed. He said: 'Looking at the promenade and all the people on there and the businesses that have come down to support us, it really has been a great day.

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'I hope people have gained some insight into the RNLI and also what the boats and lifeguards can do. We're just trying to educate people about what the beach is like - beaches around here are all very safe; if you are in the right place, you should have a good holiday.'

He added: 'It has been a great day for us this year, the weather has been just right for us, and it's great that the public support us.'

Thanks to Peter Stibbons from Poppyland Publishing for the Youtube footage of the day.

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