Yarmouth RNLI’s has double celebration at Royal Solent Yacht Club

The Blue Water Giants, Freddie Edwards, Sam Tanner, Craig Alexander, John Edwards (Rhino), Josh Phillips and Neil Taylor (pic: Hebe Gregory)

Yarmouth RNLI enjoyed a double celebration with a gala ball at the town’s Royal Solent Yacht Club recently.

More than 150 guests attended the event which celebrated the RNLI’s 200th anniversary and Yarmouth RNLI’s centenary. A ‘super group’ of musicians, who have played with some of the world’s biggest stars, the Blue Water Giants, topped the bill for the entertainment.

Earlier in the evening, the West Wight Slipshod Singers performed sea shanties, including one written for the 200th anniversary in front of an Atlantic 85 B-Class RNLI lifeboat on the club’s lawn.

The evening was organised by Yarmouth RNLI fund-raising volunteers, crew representatives, their families and event staff, led by fund-raising chairman, Debbie Cotton, and sponsored by several local businesses and supporters.

The compere was Lord Grade, and also attending was the Island’s Lord-Lieutenant, Susie Sheldon, who is also president of the Isle of Wight RNLI Lifeboat Board.

Lord Grade gave a short speech about the history of the early years of the RNLI, and then went on to talk about Yarmouth RNLI and all its achievements over the last 100 years.

The Blue Water Giants were sponsored by local businessman and charity fund-raiser, John Caulcutt. The band is comprised of members of Procol Harum, Status Quo, Robbie Williams and Tears for Fears.

Money raised will go towards the Yarmouth RNLI to continue to save lives at sea.