Around 10,000 people visit Moelfre Lifeboat Day


Geraint Jones

ORGANISERS hailed the Moelfre Lifeboat Day another massive success.

Around 10,000 people enjoyed demonstrations, entertainment and stalls at the annual fundraising event.

Rod Pace, Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station’s operations manager, said: “It’s thanks to all our generous supporters that the Moelfre lifeboat day has been another massive success. On behalf of the Coxswain and volunteer Moelfre RNLI lifeboat crew I would like to thank them all.”

Organisers expect the event to raise a substantial amount for Ty i’r Tamar, the new Moelfre lifeboat station appeal. 

More than 200 small boats filled the bay to get a close-up look at Kiwi, the Moelfre RNLI Tamar class lifeboat.

Both Kiwi and the Moelfre RNLI inshore lifeboat Enfys performed a display in the bay for the massive crowds before demonstrating a winching exercise with the RAF search and rescue helicopter from Valley.

Construction Company BAM Nuttall, who are building the new Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station, re-opened the coastal footpath which allowed visitors to see the impressive development close up.

The construction workers discussed the building project and answer any questions people had.

Moelfre RNLI lifeboat crew welcomed welcome Terry Ocuneff, great nephew of RNLI benefactor Reginald Clarke, and his family.

Mr Ocuneff bequeathed £2.2 million to the RNLi to help build Kiwi.

Mr Pace added: “Our thanks must also go to the Moelfre Lifeboat fundraisers who work so hard throughout the year to organise this increasingly popular event.

“There were a lot of positive comments about the day around the village on Saturday, from locals and visitors; this event really is an important day in the village calendar!

“I would also like to thank the aircrew of the RAF search and rescue helicopter for attending and providing the visitors with a brilliant winching display.

"They have been attending the Moelfre lifeboat day since the 1960s and have always done us proud!

“It’s a shame to think that this potentially might be the last year we see them as the service is due to be privatised sometime in 2015.

“The money raised will be counted in the next few days and we will announce the total shortly.”  

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