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Hundreds of people line the streets to show their support for the RNLI in Sheringham, as it celebrates 150 years in the town

PUBLISHED: 10:22 18 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:22 18 July 2017

Sheringham celebrates 150 years of the RNLI in the town. L-R, Chris Ayers, Trevor Holsey, Stephen Neal and David Mann. Pictures: David Bale

Sheringham celebrates 150 years of the RNLI in the town. L-R, Chris Ayers, Trevor Holsey, Stephen Neal and David Mann. Pictures: David Bale

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Hundreds of people lined the streets in Sheringham to show their appreciation of the RNLI, as it celebrated 150 years in the town.

Sheringham celebrates 150 years of the RNLI in the town. Pictures: David BaleSheringham celebrates 150 years of the RNLI in the town. Pictures: David Bale

The parade wound its way from Station Road to Lifeboat Plain with marchers singing ‘What shall we do with the drunken sailor?’, despite the pouring rain.

The RNLI 150th anniversary celebrations on Sunday, July 16 marked the launch of the town’s first ever RNLI lifeboat in 1867.

A plaque commemorating the 150 years was unveiled by Keith and Alison Adamson, whose involvement with the town’s lifeboats through the charitable organisation, the Oddfellows stretches back 60 years. They were helped by seven-year-old Kit Shawyer whose mother Kate Munro carried the banner leading the parade.

Sheringham lifeboat operations manager Brian Farrow, who organised the celebration with the help of RNLI volunteers and other local groups, said: “There’s been a good turnout. We’ve been well-supported by the town in preparation of the event.

“When the RNLI first came to Sheringham in 1867, it was just a small fishing village.

“I think there will always be a place for the RNLI in Sheringham, as we have the fast inshore lifeboat, which Cromer and Wells don’t have. The lifeboat is very important to the town, the lifeblood of our town. That’s what we call it - the community lifeboat.”

Among those taking part in the parade were Trevor Holsey, senior Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) Sheringham lifeboat, with 56 years’ service, and David Mann, DLA Sheringham lifeboat, with 47 years’ service.

Sheringham town mayor David Gooch said: “I have lived by the sea for the vast majority of my life, and I know from experience that, unfortunately, people don’t treat the sea with enough respect.

“It’s wonderful we have such a devoted group of individuals, the RNLI, particularly those that have served this community for 150 years.

“It’s one of the services people wish they never have to call upon, but they are always there in times of need and distress.”

A programme of events held throughout the afternoon included a singalong with the Sheringham Shantymen, exhibitions at Oddfellows Hall, and a performance by Sheringham Primary School choir.

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