Newquay’s RNLI volunteers are hosting their biggest fundraising event of the year – Newquay Lifeboat Day – on Sunday, August 14 in aid of the charity that saves lives at sea.
Emergency services, local bands and entertainers will be arriving at Newquay’s historic harbour from land, sea and air for the lifeboat station’s big day, which runs from 10.30am-5pm and is free admission.
The Coastguard rescue helicopter is scheduled to make its first appearance at Newquay Lifeboat Day at 3pm, subject to operational requirements, and will take part in a dramatic rescue demonstration with the town’s RNLI volunteers and the charity’s two inshore lifeboats.
A replica of Newquay’s first lifeboat from 1860 will parade through town from Marcus Hill to the harbour at 11am, supported by Kernow Pipes & Drums, before Titan the Robot entertains the crowds at 12pm. Members of Newquay’s other emergency services, including the Coastguard and Fire Service will be at the harbour, along with Newquay Band and the Rowing Club Singers among others.
Visitors and locals alike will have the chance to take a closer look at the RNLI lifeboats and talk to the charity’s volunteers about their work, as featured in the recent BBC television series Saving Lives at Sea.
There will be a selection of stalls and refreshments for all ages, from a children’s roundabout to Newquay Old Cornwall Society, before the day closes with a parachute jump on to Towan Beach at 5pm. Newquay Lions will be providing a shuttle bus on South Quay Hill for visitors’ convenience and full details of the day’s programme will be available on Newquay RNLI Facebook page.
A volunteer at Newquay lifeboat station said: ‘Newquay Lifeboat Day is always a fun day out for the whole family and a great opportunity for locals and visitors to watch the RNLI in action. Recent events along the Cornish coast have highlighted the vital work of the lifeboat service and other emergency teams, but Lifeboat Day is just about having fun and raising money which will help our RNLI volunteers save lives at sea.’
Anyone who would like to give one-hour of their time on Lifeboat Day to help collect donations in aid of the RNLI are asked to call Norman Bailey on 01637 875460. Meanwhile, donations for the teddy tombola can still be left at the lifeboat shop at the harbour, at the Newquay Voice offices on Trevena Terrace or by calling Chris Bawden on 01637 871097 for collection.