Lifeboat crew prepare to celebrate station's 150th anniversary
PUBLISHED: 17:56 14 May 2019 | UPDATED: 17:56 14 May 2019
For decades its crew members have been risking their lives to rescue those who get into trouble at sea.
Now, the RNLI Wells Lifeboat Station is preparing to celebrate its 150th anniversary of being an RNLI station with a week full of activities.
A new exhibition and a special celebration to mark the occasion will take place in July to celebrate the station's long-standing commitment in the town.
Peter Rainsford, Wells Lifeboat chairman, said: "It's certainly a cause for celebration.
"It takes enormous dedication from our volunteers to do the job that they do. It's also about the continuing involvement of the local community.
"Almost everyone in the town knows someone who has been involved with the lifeboat.
"The job has changed a lot over the time but our volunteers are still putting their lives at risk to help others."
A day of celebration will take place on Saturday, July 13, with the outer harbour pontoons opening to the public from 11am, where historic lifeboats will be on show.
The station will also be presented with a commemorative vellum at a private ceremony at the boathouse.
Later that day at 5pm, the Wells all-weather lifeboat, Doris Mann of Ampthill, and the inshore lifeboat, Peter Wilcox, will lead a flotilla of lifeboats, past and present, past the main quay.
An exhibition, which is set to open at Wells Maltings on Staithe Street in July, will show a collection of paintings and photographs together with memorabilia from the 150 years of the station.
It will also include a section on volunteering for the RNLI today.
Mr Rainsford added: "We want to make sure everyone has a good time and reflects what it means for the lifeboat crew to serve for such a long time in a small community.
"Another of our crew, Phil Eaglen, is also celebrating 50 years of service, which is an extraordinary achievement."
A number of other events around the town will also take place in July to celebrate the anniversary.
For more information about the celebrations, visit http://www.wellslifeboat.org/events.htm.