Hunstanton Lifeboat Station's remarkable work revealed at open evening

Hunstanton Lifeboat Station's remarkable work revealed at open evening

Hunstanton Lifeboat Station’s open evening attracted a capacity crowd at the town’s Community Centre on Wednesday evening (3rd May).

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More people than were expected arrived necessitating a call for extra chairs – a call that Chairman of the Station Charles le Strange Meakin acted upon with gusto!

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Opening the event the Mayor, Maureen Howard praised the Station for the work they do and all the lives they have saved over the years.

With 238 stations around the UK, Hunstanton is one of only four that operate a hovercraft in addition to their lifeboat. The station has a total crew of 36 and most undertake several roles. It is the busiest of the seven stations in Norfolk and covers the Wash and North Sea up to Gibraltar Point just south of Skegness.

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Charles le Strange Meakin said that it takes 40-50 people to run the station and Hunstanton is blessed with a strong team spirit. He then introduced the members of the team who would be making presentations about the work they do.

The areas the speakers covered included operations, fundraising, events, accounts, costs, the shop, training, water safety and education.

Although I’ve been covering news from Hunstanton Lifeboat Station for the past eighteen years, I learned a lot from each of the officers’ presentations and a full report will appear in the June edition of Town and Around.

The event concluded with questions and then a rousing performance by the excellent Nelson’s Shantymen.

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