The Annual Open Day on Sunday July 7th at Weston RNLI is to feature the site which it is hoped will be where a new lifeboat station will be built. At present it is the shell of the old Cove Restaurant.
Each year the RNLI Open Day at Weston features the lifeboats and other rescue service craft doing demonstrations to show the public what they do. This year there will also be a Fayre at the old Cove Restaurant building. This is where it is hoped the site of a new lifeboat station will be. At that site there will be stalls selling handicrafts and pictures, a Chocolate tombola (a prize every time!), Face Painting, candy floss and a barbeque. There will be games to be played such as Splat the Rat, Hoopla and Hook a Duck. It will be a great place for children to come and enjoy themselves while learning how to behave sensibly and safely near the sea.
The building will also show sea safety videos, posters and movies of the rescues done by the volunteer crew and a demonstration Shannon lifeboat will be on display. There will be drawings and diagrams of the potential new station.
Our lifeboats will be doing demonstrations off Anchor Head. Amongst the other displays around the Marine Lake will be the Trent All Weather Lifeboat from Barry Dock, The Atlantic 85 lifeboat from Burnham-on Sea, and the Fire and Rescue Service hovercraft, Firefly. The Weston Coastguard and South West Ambulance Service will take part in the demonstrations and the temporary station will be open to view. The RNLI shop at Anchor Head will also be open with a cake stall and normal tombola.
Mike Buckland Operations Manager of the lifeboat crew says’ We have a limited time to use the Cove building while planning for our new station takes place. It seemed an ideal opportunity to combine entertainment with safety advice for our children.
The pictures show last year’s Open Day and the artist’s impression of the possible new station;