Extravaganza film show raises funds for Wirral Lifeboat Stations

Lifeboats News Release

  • Date: 31/03/2016
  • Author: Bob Warwick

The recent ‘Wirral Lifeboat and Maritime Extravaganza‘ film show, kindly hosted by The Light Cinema in New Brighton, raised a magnificent £2100 for the three RNLI Wirral Lifeboat Stations – New Brighton, Hoylake & West Kirby.

The recent ‘Wirral Lifeboat and Maritime Extravaganza’ film show, kindly hosted by The Light Cinema in New Brighton, raised a magnificent £2100 for the three RNLI Wirral Lifeboat Stations – New Brighton, Hoylake & West Kirby.

The film show was put together by Graham Mathews a retired Electrical Engineer with 25 years experience of video making. A member of 3 local video clubs he has received many awards over the years for his films.

During the last 12 months or so Graham has spent a considerable amount of time with each of the Wirral lifeboat stations capturing on video their operations and recorded the history of each station. This has resulted in the the film ‘The Lifeboats of Wirral’ and along with his film ‘The Queens Salute Liverpool‘ formed the main features of the evening of maritime films at The Light Cinema.

The evening of films raised £2100 which was divided between each of the lifeboat stations and over recent days he has presented cheques to each of the lifeboat stations.

In appreciation of his efforts at the cheque presentation at New Brighton Graham was given a framed copy of the poster we had developed to promote the event.

After the presentation of the £700 cheque at New Brighton lifeboat station Graham commented ‘I was extremely pleased to be able to support the crews of our local RNLI stations who do such a brilliant job. The insight I gained into the operations of the three stations was a real eye opener. Each stations operation was completely different as they each had specific roles and equipment to deal with their local conditions. From Hoylake’s magnificent new all-weather Shannon class lifeboat, to busy New Brighton’s Atlantic 85 the fastest craft in the fleet combined with their hovercraft, only one of four in the country, covering the Mersey plus Wirral and Sefton coast. Finally West Kirby’s more diminutive but fast ‘C’ Class lifeboat that’s ideal for operations in the shallow waters of the Dee & Hilbre. A big thanks to all the volunteers who made my film possible and the The Light Cinema for hosting it.’

RNLI New Brighton’s chairman Tony Jones commented ‘ I know a considerable amount of work went into the production of the various films and we fully appreciate all the effort Graham and his wife Vanetta put into it. Thank you on behalf of ourselves at New Brighton and our colleagues in Hoylake and West Kirby. On the night we had a full cinema with many complementary comments made afterwards and all who attended took away a greater understanding of what goes into running their local lifeboat stations.’

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