Atlantic 75 class Lifeboat named Coventry and Warwickshire
D-Class Lifeboat named Anna Stock
This year Weston RNLI Lifeboat station and its fundraisers are holding more than a full week of celebrations to raise funds and promote the work of the volunteers on our Weston station. The events are taking place from Saturday 30th July until Thursday 11th August.
Each Day there are interesting activities going on at the Italian Gardens in Weston. See enclosed programme.
On Monday 1st August there is a record attempt on Weston’s Grand Pier. The aim is to see how many people we can get blowing bubbles off a seaside pier at the same time. It starts at 1000 hrs. All are invited, bubbles are available at minimal cost and it should be great fun for all.
On Saturday 6th August there will be a raft race on the Marine Lake. Over ten rafts will take part in heats starting at 1100. There will then be a final to decide the overall winner. It is expected that the rafts will not only try to win but also try to hold up their fellow competitors with flour bombs. The race organisers have not stipulated whether it should be plain or self raising flour!
On Sunday 7th August the station will be holding its Open Day at the Shop and Heritage Centre at Anchor Head. As well as many displays and sideshows there will be demonstrations by the Fire Service, Ambulance and Coastguard. During the day the Big Swim will take place when a group of intrepid swimmers will be taken out into the Bristol Channel at the end of Brean Down. They will then swim the two and a half sea miles back to Anchor Head arriving at about 1200 hrs. After this there will be demonstrations by the lifeboat, police launches and air sea rescue services. These will be held close to Anchor Head so all can see these exciting activities. In between these demonstrations the lifeboats will be alongside so the public can get a close look and meet the volunteers who crew them.
The Following week, from Friday to Sunday, is the Weston Lions Real Ale and Cider Festival on the Beach Lawns. Half of the proceeds from this are going to the RNLI.