Skegness RNLI in Lifeboat Week

A display has been on show outside the Hildreds Centre in Skegness to mark Lifeboat Week.
A display has been on show outside the Hildreds Centre in Skegness to mark Lifeboat Week.

VISITORS to Skegness and the community can get involved and become part of an action-packed Lifeboat Week.

Since Monday, a life-sized animated model of Jolly John the Skegness Coxswain has been telling shoppers fishy tales and singing songs, plus, the centre’s 16ft model of the Lincolnshire Poacher Lifeboat which was created by the Hildreds’ staff will be outside the centre all this week.

The RNLI team will be raising funds and talking about the importance of lifeboats in seaside-communities.

Rescue teams are made up of volunteers and the organisation is funded by donations from the public.

Over the years the Hildreds has helped to raise more than £3/4 million for the RNLI and is enthusiastic about helping them into the future.

“We built the replica of the Lincolnshire Poacher in 1992 as a way to educate people about the potential dangers of the sea and highlight the dedication shown by local lifeboat crews.

“The model has been placed at the front of the centre and in the past we’ve received an overwhelming response in donations from the public,” said deputy centre manager, Steve Andrews.

“We’re very proud of the centre’s association with the RNLI and we will carry on helping raise funds in the future.”

On Saturday (July 28), the community of Skegness will get the chance to see live lifeboat demonstrations out in the sea from the crew as part of the culmination of events for the week.

There will be lots of stalls, a tombola, prizes, information stands, chances to chat to the crew and an opportunity to have a look at the lifeboats.

The event will be running from 10am outside the RNLI site in Skegness near the beach and run through until 3pm when the boats will then be launched out into sea.