Unique honour for lifeboat crew

Just Regional
Mar 27, 2024 2 mins read

The seafaring Sheringham lifeboat crew celebrated the 200th anniversary of the RNLI with a very land-based honour – the freedom of the town.

The station joined in with celebrations around the UK to mark the organisation’s two centuries saving lives with a whole host of events, and more to come.

Celebrations started with a concert at St Peter’s Church by The Sheringham Shantymen, when mayor Peter Ratcliffe surprised the crew with the freedom of the town – the first time the honour has been bestowed in Sheringham.

The evening featured speeches by North Norfolk MP Duncan Baker, the Grandmaster of The Oddfellows, who presented a cheque for £500, Sheringham RNLI chairman Dr Peter Sampson, and Tim Groves of Sheringham Museum, who recounted a historical story of a Sheringham lifeboat rescue.

And a street collection netted more than £1,700 in donations on a cold, quiet winter day.

There was also a quiz at Oddfellows Hall which raised more than £100, and local knitters have adorned letterboxes with fantastic RNLI-themed knitted box-toppers – including the one on the front cover, which is on Priory Road.

A gala dinner was held at Sheringham Golf Club.

Meanwhile, The Sheringham Shantymen recorded a special video of the RNLI anthem Home From The Sea, featuring an introduction
with the Cromer all-weather lifeboat launching to music based on the RNLI pager tone and composed by crew member Jon Payne.

So far the video has had more than 20,000 views online.

Events lined up for later in the year include a parade through town, a community art project, a flower wall on the lifeboat station and lots more.

PHOTOS: Chris Taylor

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