A museum dedicated to a legendary lifeboatman is to stay open for longer despite fears it would shut.

Earlier this year the RNLI announced it would terminate its lease at the under-threat Rocket House on Cromer's seafront in July.

This is due to the building having chronic damp problems caused by storm surge flooding, which are reportedly causing a risk to the health of the museum's staff and damaging artefacts.

North Norfolk News: The Rocket House in CromerThe Rocket House in Cromer (Image: Newsquest)

But at a North Norfolk District Council cabinet meeting, a short-term lease arrangement was approved unanimously, which will allow the museum to stay open until October 31, 2024.

After this date, the RNLI intends to move into a temporary home to allow the repair work to be completed, before returning to the Rocket House.

This is expected to take up to 33 weeks. The RNLI is keen to hear from anyone who may be able to house the museum during this time.

Jacqui Palmer, RNLI heritage development manager, said: “I’m delighted we’re staying throughout the summer.

“We’re also excited for our future at the Rocket House once repairs are complete."

 "We still need a home while building repairs happen so please contact us, if you know of somewhere locally – even a site where we could put up a temporary structure is of interest.”

North Norfolk News: Henry Blogg is one of Norfolk's lifeboat heroes Henry Blogg is one of Norfolk's lifeboat heroes (Image: Newsquest)

The problems at Rocket House have become a point of controversy in recent weeks, after critics called the building a "monumental mistake" and questioned whether the £1m repair bill was a worthwhile investment.

At a recent meeting, leader Tim Adams defended the decision, arguing that the Rocket House brings huge benefits to the town, serving as an important destination while also providing greater accessibility to the seafront through its lift.