Moelfre Lifeboat Day, 2nd August 2008
by Sue Beesley
Thanks to all our visitors, supporters and fund raisers, indeed anyone involved in the day, we have raised approximately £6,500 for the Moelfre RNLI to date.
We had a brilliant day! Out of the depths of rain, rain and what seemed like more rain, the day dawned with a blue sky.
The village was decorated with bunting and RNLI flags and everywhere you looked was bright with colour.
Each year we attract new stalls and each year our previous year?s stalls request a come-back with every available corner of the village being utilised by a stall or for entertainment.
To everyone, a great big thank you from the organisers
of Lifeboat Day for coming and supporting this event.
The Lifeboat crew turned out in force and using what seemed like unfair tactics, turned the water hose on the crowds on the beach and the small boats around them.
However the small boats fought back and then another boat
turned up wielding a hose and pump to match the lifeboats and they fought back with much glee on behalf of themselves and all the wet supporters.
A very wet crowd and a very wet crew! It's a good job the day was as warm as it was, spirits were not dampened in the least.
The Sea King helicopter from 22 Squadron, RAF Valley turned up to give a show of rescue with the boats which did a good job of entertaining the crowds.
Thank you to the crews of the lifeboats and the
helicopter for showing us what you can do. The day ended with a real life call-out for the RNLI lifeboat volunteers.
Just before the waterfight started Rod Pace presented Letters of Appreciation from Andrew Freemantle (RNLI Chief Executive) to two of our crew members.
Nigel Musgrave and Edward Griffiths were awarded the Letters for their part in rescuing 2 men from the sea just off Cemaes Bay in May of this year. Sadly one of the men subequently died.
The children's fancy dress was well supported and the winner of the girls aged 0-5 was Isabella dressed as bubble bath, boys aged 0-5 was Lewis, dressed as Robin Hood, girls aged 6-10 was Llinos dressed as a jelly fish and boys aged 6-10 was Llyr dressed as a treasure chest.
A new Lifeboat Princess has been chosen from the village for the year 2008-9 and she is Llinos Evans aged 10. The Lifeboat Boy Mascot is Kieran Hughes aged 4.