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Friday, 25 July 2014

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‘Brilliant’ Barrow RNLI gala praised

THE sun came out as the RNLI held its annual gala at Roa Island.

The gala took place on the green as the residents lent the area to the institution for the day, even providing the event with the electricity needed.

The Barrow Lifeboat Ladies Guild is the fundraising arm for the institute base in Barrow and they organise events like the annual gala and an annual dinner. RNLI deputy launching authority John Falvey was happy with the turnout on Sunday.

He said: “A lot of people were there and the weather was kind to us. Despite the windy weather, the rain kept off and everyone enjoyed themselves.

“We exist solely on donations from the public – there is no funding from the government.

“On a rescue every time we launch the all-weather boat on a service it costs £5,600 and for the inshore lifeboat, Vision of Tamworth, it costs the institute £2,200.”

The mayor of Tamworth is visiting the mayor of Barrow, Councillor Wendy Maddox, on August 3 and will be calling in on the RNLI station at Roa Island.

Cllr Maddox opened the gala with Rampside “princess” Taryn Dawson. She said: “It was absolutely brilliant, the ladies’ guild always do an amazing job.”

Short crewman Keith Barrow made his own set of stocks for the event and crew members were put in the stocks before their lifeboat rescue demonstration, raising £60 from kids throwing wet sponges at them. There were stalls selling books, plants and RNLI souvenirs.

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