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Hundreds flock to Cromer pier and promenade for annual lifeboat day

PUBLISHED: 16:56 28 July 2019 | UPDATED: 17:04 28 July 2019

Crew member Roger Sutton helps eight-year-old Honey Askew try on a waterproofs and a helmet at Cromer's annual lifeboat day.
Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Crew member Roger Sutton helps eight-year-old Honey Askew try on a waterproofs and a helmet at Cromer's annual lifeboat day. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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Live music, a fete and appearances by RNLI mascot Stormy Stan were among the attractions at a lifeboat day held on Cromer's pier and promenade on Sunday.

Bob Pooley, who, with his dog Adam, has been travelling from his home in Northamptonshire to help with lifeboat day bucket collections for the past 15 years.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLBob Pooley, who, with his dog Adam, has been travelling from his home in Northamptonshire to help with lifeboat day bucket collections for the past 15 years. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Organised by local lifeboat management team members, the annual event is supported by Cromer Ladies Lifeboat Guild, whose 100-plus members raise more than £15,000 a year for the RNLI.

As well as seeing both the town's inshore and offshore lifeboats being launched, lifeboat day visitors had a chance to chat to crew members and see the Wells-next-the-sea police patrol boat monitoring marine crime along the coast, which was brought along by beat manager PC Jason Pegden and his team.

Cromer Ladies Lifeboat Guild members did a roaring trade at their lifeboat day cake stall.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLCromer Ladies Lifeboat Guild members did a roaring trade at their lifeboat day cake stall. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Other attractions included stalls selling Norfolk produce and a performance by the Sheringham Shantymen, with young visitors given a chance to try on lifeboat kit and meet owls from Lenwade-based Norfolk Wild Encounters.

Bob Pooley, who, with his wife Judy and dog Adam, has been travelling to Cromer from his home in Northamptonshire since 2002 to help out with lifeboat day bucket collections, said: "I am a big supporter of the RNLI as I think a lot of people don't realise that, nationally, lifeboats rescue 10,000 people every year who might otherwise have drowned"

The Ladies Lifeboat Guild cake stall.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe Ladies Lifeboat Guild cake stall. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Thanking all those who helped make the event a success, Cromer RNLI press officer Audrey Smith said: "After a quiet start, things really took off and we have had lots of compliments from people who have had a great day out."

Nine-year-old Lily Croton with Peeka the Boobook owl, who was brought along to Cromer Lifeboat Day by Norfolk Wild Encounters volunteers.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLNine-year-old Lily Croton with Peeka the Boobook owl, who was brought along to Cromer Lifeboat Day by Norfolk Wild Encounters volunteers. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The Wells-Next-the-Sea-based police patrol boat monitoring marine crime along the coast, which was brought along to Cromer Lifeboat Day by beat manager PC Jason Pegden.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe Wells-Next-the-Sea-based police patrol boat monitoring marine crime along the coast, which was brought along to Cromer Lifeboat Day by beat manager PC Jason Pegden. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Crowds on the promenade at Cromer Lifeboat Day.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLCrowds on the promenade at Cromer Lifeboat Day. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Bob Pooley, who, with his dog Adam, has been travelling from his home in Northamptonshire to help with lifeboat day bucket collections for the past 15 years.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLBob Pooley, who, with his dog Adam, has been travelling from his home in Northamptonshire to help with lifeboat day bucket collections for the past 15 years. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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