MORECAMBE’S generosity to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution has taken new shape – an £80,000 vehicle to carry the resort’s hovercraft.
The Spirit of Morecambe, as the converted MAN Truck has been dubbed, was funded largely from local donations, as was the “home for the hover” – the hovercraft station – near the Midland Hotel.
But perhaps the biggest contribution Morecambe makes to the lifeboats is the constant stream of volunteers who have crewed the boats over the years.
Gone are the days when the resort had a large fishing fleet to draw on, full of people wise in the ways of the sea.
Nowadays, some of the 30 volunteers on the books had hardly done much more than paddle in the waters of Morecambe Bay before they signed up.
To honour their contribution to saving lives and keeping people safe, The Visitor is launching a new weekly series in which we will profile Morecambe’s RNLI crew members.
Each week, one of the volunteers will answer a series of questions about themselves and the answers will reveal not only the diverse collection of people who crew the lifeboats, but also give an insight into the sometimes hair-raising rescues which they have been involved in.
Michael Guy, lifeboat operations manager, says: “For most, the camaraderie is important. When we need to be serious, we’re serious, but when we want a craic, we have a craic.”
See The Visitor (03-01-12) for f ull story.