Throughout the day several rescue demonstrations were carried out on the River Rother, in front of the Lifeboat Station. Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat attended the event and saw several visitors having a tour of their All Weather Lifeboat.
During the day, the Cinque Port Morris Men danced several dances even dancing with Stormy Stan the RNLI Storm Force mascot and there was music performed by the local group Black Briar. Members of the public and the sea going fraternity could get free information and have their lifejackets checked by the RNLI Sea Safety Officer who was in attendance with his Sea Safety stand.
Food and refreshments were provided by members of the fundraising team, whilst other members manned the raffle, tombola, book stall and also the souvenir shop.
Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: ‘It was a really good day. There was a steady flow of people visiting the event throughout the day. This year was a great success and it was made even better by the attendance of the Cinque Port Morris Men, Black Briar, the Sea Safety Officer and Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat and her crew. During 2009 RNLI Lifeboats launched 9223 times rescuing 8235 people.’
Steve Tollett, Chairman Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Management Group, said: ‘I would like to thank the Cinque Port Morris Men and Black Briar for providing free entertainment at this years event. I would also like to thank the Cinque Port Morris Men for the generous donation of £50. It is donation like this that enable the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, to continue training their volunteer crews - enabling them to continue to save lives at sea. During 2009, it cost £147.7M to run the RNLI.’