Get in the Christmas spirit with Plymouth RNLI

Plymouth RNLI Lifeboat

Plymouth RNLI volunteers have a very important job this Christmas transporting Santa to several events around the city.

 Santa’s first trip on the lifeboat was on Sunday 20 November, when the all-weather lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glover will transport Father Christmas and his elves to the Barbican in Plymouth, Then follows the switch-on of the Christmas lights on the Barbican, which was part of the weekend’s Waterfront Christmas Celebrations.

On Sunday 4 December, Santa was back on-board the lifeboat arriving at the Royal William Yard’s Winter Wonderland. During the day there was a host of Christmas festivities including a market, singing and a lantern workshop and parade.

Plymouth RNLI’s Christmas calendar culminates in the station’s annual Christmas celebration on Thursday 8 December at St Andrew’s Church, Royal Parade from 7pm.

The popular event features the talents of the HMS Drake Volunteer Band as well as Brunel Harmony Chorus, Ocean City Sound and some very special guests.

There will be lots of Christmas music and carols to get you into festive spirit, followed by a glass of wine and mince pies. Everyone is invited to the free event and there will also be a collection during the concert for Plymouth RNLI.

Amanda Brown from Plymouth RNLI fundraising branch said: ‘The Christmas carol concert is always a wonderful event and it’s a delight to see the church fill up with people wishing to get into the Christmas spirit while supporting our charity. This year promises to be another fantastic night of music and festive entertainment and we’d love to see as many people as possible turn out to support us.’

HMS Drake Volunteer Band will be playing before and after the concert, and the event is also a chance for people to meet the volunteer lifeboat crew of Plymouth RNLI.

Plymouth is home to two lifeboats, the larger All Weather Lifeboat, named Sybil Mullen Glover and the smaller but faster Inshore Lifeboat, named Millenium Forester.  Based in Millbay Marina, both lifeboats provide cover 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to the Port of Plymouth, including the rivers Tamar, Lyhner, Tavy, Plym, Yealm and Erme; and the surrounding coastline into both Bigbury and Whitsand Bays.

Plymouth Lifeboat Station is part of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, which is funded entirely by donations. The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. They provide a 24/7 lifeboat service around the UK and Ireland, and seasonal lifeguard service. With the lifeboats, lifeguards, safety advice and flood rescue teams they are always committed to saving lives.

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To help get into the festive spirit, the charity’s volunteers are inviting you to join them at their annual Christmas carol concert at St Andrew’s Church on Thursday 8 December.