The weather remained gloriously hot and sunny for almost all of a very busy Wells Carnival week, which this year had selected our Shannon lifeboat appeal as its main charity. The guild, crew and many supporters were involved throughout the week, starting with the Coxswain crowning the Carnival Queen on Fete Day.
We'd like to say thank you to everyone who helped, took part or made a donation and to the carnival committee for its support.
The guild attended many events and also collected on the quay with a demonstration ILB. Some events also specifically raised money for the appeal, including the Carnival Fun Run (which enticed one crew member to attempt the race wearing yellows and a lifejacket, raising £111 in sponsorship), Guess the weight of the Coxswain on Fete Day (which raised £95) and an Auction at the Beach Party which raised £100
Over 220 people visited the boathouse on the open evening on Wednesday, with traditional Dutch Pancakes prepared by crew member and Albatros chef Harmen Brauwer, in aid of the appeal, proving a major new attraction for both public and crew.
On Carnival Day, the guild organised a station entry in the parade with the demonstration ILB accompanied by crew and guild members, families and supporters and even the larger than life figure of the RNLI's mascot Stormy Stan. The float earned a 'highly commended' from the judges.
The 54th Annual Lifeboat Service on the quay provided a good end to an excellent week and was well attended despite torrential rain earlier in the day and breezy conditions during the event. The service was led by lifeboat chaplain Reverend Neil Woodruff from on-board the lifeboat and a collection raised £1340 for the station.