We had a very successful and exciting day yesterday at Happisburgh where the weather was very kind to us.
The crew and helpers had an early start to get the site prepared for the 12noon start with a wide range of games, competitions, food and drink as well as educational activities. From the start we had a very large number of visitors partaking in all the activities, enjoying the excellent weather and sitting enjoying the live band throughout the afternoon.
We had the RNLI Community Safety Team giving advice on how to stay safe near water and how to enjoy themselves. Part of this was the attendance of RNLI Lifeguards giving similar advice. The Ambulance Service First Responders were also teaching visitors how to do CPR as well as giving us First Aid cover.
The RAF Neatishead Museum brought their Jaguar simulator for people to climb inside and experience the feelings of being inside a jet fighter. HM Coastguards were also in attendance. People had the opportunity to play on a wide variety of traditional fete games like Splat the Rat, Frog game, crockery smash, welly throwing and coconut shy as well as enjoying a hog roast and BBQ, bar and teas/coffees.
Visitors also had an opportunity to meet the crew, find out what it’s like to be part of a Lifeboat crew and how to become a volunteer with the RNLI.
At 3.30pm both of Happisburgh’s lifeboats were launched along with the support of RNLI Lifeguards to put on a display of how all three work together to save lives at sea.
The fete drew to an end at 4pm with us raising approximately £7,000 in the 4hrs, which shows a fantastic effort by all involved. We would like to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers, supporters and visitors for making this such a successful day and look forward to seeing you next year on Sunday 2nd August 2020.