An Easter Day open day held by Burnham-On-Sea’s RNLI has been hailed a great success.
The volunteer crews and fundraisers opened the station’s doors to the public and displayed the boats, hi-tech launch tractors, and different equipment during the day.
A steady stream of families visited during the day, all keen to view the boats and launch vehicles, and RNLI mascot Stormy Stan, who spent the day walking around the seafront having photos taken and handing out flags, badges and stickers.
In the afternoon, the D-Class lifeboat Burnham Reach was escorted to the town’s jetty where those taking advantage of the beautiful weather could see the boat and crews from the beach.
Members of the fundraising team offered leaflets and monitored collection boxes, raising a sum of almost £250 which will assist the charity in its work.
Burnham Deputy Launch Authority Phil Counsel said: “The crew were kept busy all day by the amazing amount of public interest shown in our open day which made it an enormous success. Our visitors were interested in seeing our boats and launch vehicles close at hand and the crew were able to explain how it is all used and answer everyone’s questions.”
Senior Helm Nick Edrich added: “The public interaction was incredible and I felt we were talking to many budding young lifeboat crew of the future. We also raised extra funds for our vital life saving work.”