Sunderland RNLI 2012 Lifeboat Day – 29th July


Sunderland RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat at sea – CREDIT – Ken Jackson

Members of the Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station and Lifeboat Guild invite supporters to the station’s annual “Lifeboat Day” which is to be held this weekend on 29 July 2012 [Sunday] 11.00am to 4.00pm in Marine Walk car park opposite the RNLI Lifeguard Base at Roker, Sunderland.

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The Sunderland RNLI Station has a 212 year history of saving lives at sea. During those years the class and types of lifeboats have changed from sail and oar, to today’s state of the art power craft equipped with navigation aids and capable of speeds of up to 35 knots. Already during 2012, the charity’s two Sunderland inshore lifeboats have been launched into action on 54 occasions.


The RNLI has operated a beach lifeguard service on beaches at Roker and Seaburn on behalf of Sunderland City Council since 2009.


The event will be officially opened at 11am by MP for Sunderland Central Julie Elliott.

Julie holds the position of PPS (Parliamentary Private Secretary) to Caroline Flint MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government through which she communicates with other MPs and assists Caroline with her duties. Julie enjoys spending time with her four adult children and two young granddaughters, walking along the constituency’s coastline.


During the event there will be several demonstrations taking place during the day on the water featuring both the RNLI lifeguards and the station’s two inshore lifeboats.

Other attractions will include children’s rides, various stalls, games (including “Soak a Lifeboat Crewman”), model boat display, food and refreshments.


The event will also be visited by all weather lifeboats from Sunderland’s neighbouring RNLI lifeboat stations***.


A Local Amateur radio group (event call sign GB1SLB) will be broadcasting across the country and the world during the day to promote the event and the work of the RNLI.


Representatives from local business and charitable groups will also be attending the event from Sunderland football club’s foundation and Barclays bank.


Music and entertainment will provided throughout the day by Sunderland’s Community Steel Pan band ‘Pantastic’. They are a 23 strong group of mixed ages and physical abilities that play a variety of music from traditional Caribbean calypso to 50s rock ‘n’ roll right through to modern pop music. The band has a long and prestigious history winning awards, entertaining royalty and putting the sun into community and corporate events for over 16 years!


Paul Nicholson, Senior Helmsman at Sunderland RNLI said: ‘We would like to invite the people of Sunderland to come along and take part in this open day at our Lifeboat Station. It will also give everyone the chance to meet our volunteer crew and have a look around our two inshore lifeboats as well contributing towards the charity’s on-going running costs’.

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