LIFEBOAT Day and Flag Week have been hailed as great successes by Skegness RNLI with more than £5,000 being raised to help the charity continue saving lives at sea.
This year’s annual fund raising event also celebrated the 21st anniversary of the all-weather lifeboat, Lincolnshire Poacher’s arrival to Skegness.
With a birthday cake and dramatic demonstration rescues drawing the crowds, donations came piling in.
Collections held at pubs in Skegness, Ingoldmells, Chapel St Leonards and outside the Hildreds Centre also contributed to the impressive tally.
Coxswain John Irving said: “It’s been another successful Flag Week and Lifeboat Day, raising over £5,000 to help the RNLI save lives at sea.
“It was great to see so many came down to support us and see the Lincolnshire Poacher on her 21st birthday.
“A big thank you to everyone who donated during the week or came to see us on Saturday.”
John was an RNLI lifeguard when the Lincolnshire Poacher first arrived in Skegness to a rapturous welcome.
In its illustrious career serving the visitors to the Skegness coast it has been called into action on 301 occasions, rescued 168 people and saved 33 lives.