A celebration of 200 years of the RNLI is taking place in north Norfolk this weekend. 

The national lifeboat charity, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, was founded by Sir Edmund Hillary in the City of London Tavern, in Bishopsgate, on March 4, 1824. 

Now, in 2024, the RNLI has 238 lifeboat stations and lifeguards watching over 242 beaches.

It has saved more than 144,000 lives.

On Saturday (March 2), a celebration is being held at Sheringham's St Peter's church.

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It will feature performances by the Sheringham Shantymen and presentations by North Norfolk MP Duncan Baker, the mayor of Sheringham Peter Ratcliffe and Sheringham RNLI chairman Peter Sampson.

There will also be presentations by the grandmaster of The Oddfellows and a historical story by Tim Groves of Sheringham Museum.

The RNLI has had lifeboats at Sheringham since 1867, although there were private fisherman's lifeboats in the town since around 1830.

Doors open at 7pm with the evening’s events starting at 7.30pm.  

Entry is free, with no tickets required.

There will be a retiring collection for the RNLI and refreshments available at the interval.