Fleetwood Lifeboat Day

Fleetwood Lifeboat Day

The RNLI welcomes visitors from across the county, to the annual Fleetwood Lifeboat Day, held at the Lifeboat Station on The Esplanade.

Fleetwood RNLI Lifeboat Day – 20 July 2019

On Saturday, 20th July, RNLI Fleetwood celebrates their annual Open Day and invite friends and supporters to join them on this special occasion. This year is an extra special occasion, as the station celebrates 160 years’ service in the town.

Both Fleetwood lifeboats will be joined by lifeboats from the neighbouring stations. See boats from Lytham St Anne’s, Morecambe, Barrow in Furness and Blackpool.

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The Fleetwood boathouse is the focus of the day’s activity. RNLI volunteers will man stalls selling gifts, refreshments and homemade cakes. There’s an opportunity to join in the fun with face painting and tombola prizes. Fleetwood Coastguard and National Coastwatch Rossall Point are joining in the celebrations.

Plan for Fleetwood Lifeboat Day

The day starts around 10.30am.

The Shannon class Fleetwood lifeboat, Kenneth James Pierpoint and the ‘D’ class inshore lifeboat, Mary Elizabeth Barnes, escort the lifeboats from neighbouring lifeboat stations into port, at around 12.30pm.

The sail past by yachts from Fleetwood Marina starts at 1pm. There’s a prize for the Best Decorated Yacht, judged by the Mayor of Wyre, Councillor Ann Turner.

The lifeboats will then give demonstrations of both their speed and agility, climaxing with the Shannon’s spectacular ‘crash stop’.

Captain David Eccles, Lifeboat Operations Manager for Fleetwood Lifeboat said; ‘This is always a special day in our year and we look forward to meeting all our friends and supporters, without whom, we could not operate.’

History of Fleetwood RNLI

In February 1859, the first lifeboat arrived in Fleetwood at its new boathouse, built on the beach opposite the North Euston Hotel.

The crew of Fleetwood Lifeboat ‘Child Of Hale’, which served from 1887 -1892
The crew of Fleetwood Lifeboat ‘Child Of Hale’, which served from 1887 -1892

A new Fleetwood Lifeboat

Lifeboat Day in 2016 was a whopping great big event, with the arrival of the new Shannon class lifeboat, Kenneth James Pierpoint.

Along with the new Shannon class lifeboat, were lifeboats from Lytham St Annes, Blackpool, Morecambe and Barrow in Furness, with the ‘D’ class inshore lifeboat from Fleetwood also joining in the fun. The lifeboat parade was a sight to see!

Following the lifeboat parade, over 70 local craft sailed past the lifeboat station with a prize for the Best Dressed boat. In the afternoon, was a visit from a local rescue helicopter and an epic rescue demonstrating the skills of the volunteer lifeboat crew.

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