Send us news by text, start your message Globe News and your send photos and videos to 80360
Thousands turn out for Hoylake Lifeboat Day
John Curry, operations manager for Hoylake Lifeboat, out at the show collecting donations. Picture: Paul Heaps
AROUND 30,000 people attended Hoylake's annual Lifeboat Day on Monday.
The event, on Hoylake promenade, raised more than £25,000 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute.
On the day there was an air displays from an RAF Spitfire, but a planned Dakota flyover was cancelled after the aircraft suffered engine failure and was grounded for repairs in Blackpool.
Also among the attractions on the promenade were charity stalls, kite flying and Zumba dancing.
The lifeboat from West Kirby and the hovercraft from New Brighton along with the Hoylake Lifeboat were all on display.
The boathouse was also open for the sale of souvenirs, refreshments and Christmas cards.
Falklands' veteran Simon Weston was special guest on the day.
The author - a former Welsh Guardsman who sustained life-changing injuries when the ship Sir Galahad was destroyed in Bluff Cove on the Falkland Islands in 1982 - helped man a table for national soldiers' charity Invisible Injuries.
Afterwards he gave a talk about his life during "an audience with ..." session at the Holiday Inn in nearby King's Gap.
Last year almost 20,000 turned out for the lifeboat day, raising £25,000.
Organiser Carole Jackson told the Globe today: "It was an absolutely fantastic day.
"At least 30,000 people turned up, far more than any of the organising team had anticipated.
"The weather certainly helped, people stayed a lot longer than they usually wouid. There were people picnicking.
"Unfortunately, the Dakota had engine problems and was unable to make the trip, but it didn’t seem to bother the visitors. They were there to enjoy the day and the atmosphere was fantastic."
Comments are closed on this article.