Selsey RNLI flags rescued for fundraising week

A Herculean effort from a town council and a metalwork company saved a lifeboat fundraising display this week after flag pole brackets went missing.

Monday, 1st August 2016, 4:27 pm
Updated Monday, 1st August 2016, 5:30 pm
Chairman of Selsey Town Council, Mike Beal, helping out with an RNLI flag for Lifeboat Week.
Chairman of Selsey Town Council, Mike Beal, helping out with an RNLI flag for Lifeboat Week.

The proud annual display of RNLI flags through Selsey High Street is part of Lifeboat Week, which runs from Sunday July 31 to Sunday August 7.

When the brackets vanished, the town council contacted Selsey company Trident Structural, which made a new batch of 34 brackets in less than 24 hours.

Town council clerk, Becky White, contacted the RNLI and businesses in the area for help in putting up the flags on Sunday afternoon, ready for the event.

“We were told that we wouldn’t be able to have the flags on display this year which would have been a real let-down for everybody involved in supporting Lifeboat Week,” she said.

“We had a great turn-out including councillors, lifeboat crew and local businessmen and the flags went up in a couple of hours, just in time for the Service of Praise and Thanksgiving on Sunday evening.

“We’d like to say thanks to everyone that helped us and hope that the RNLI have another successful fundraising week.”

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