Helicopters to hotdogs! RNLI open day had it all

ENJOYING THE DAY From left, Neil Maxwell, Pippa Gent, Andrew Impey, Gareth Davies, Amelia Davies and Lyndon Gadd. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132231-002)
ENJOYING THE DAY From left, Neil Maxwell, Pippa Gent, Andrew Impey, Gareth Davies, Amelia Davies and Lyndon Gadd. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132231-002)
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THEY save lives all year round and yesterday people got a unique insight into what the RNLI do at an annual open day.

The Portsmouth RNLI Lifeboat station opens its doors every year to raise awareness about the station and to raise some money.

As well as the standard lifeboats, there were others on display, including the flood rescue boat and an all-weather lifeboat.

And there were helicopter displays – and many people were fascinated to watch the hot dog eating competition which took place.

Crewman Aaron Gent said: ‘Living in a city not many people know that there’s a lifeboat station here.

‘This year it was about raising awareness about the different services that we offer.

‘People were asking questions and it’s great for the crew to interact with them.

‘It’s great to be able to show how we do things and why we do them.’

Aaron said there was a very good turnout.

‘It’s been pretty busy,’ he said.

‘There have been a lot of people here.

‘There was a big crew on the beach to watch the display.’

There were lots of other activities including a live band and rescue demonstrations.

There were also tombolas, souvenir stands, a bouncy castle and the Portsmouth Lifeboat Station raffle.