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VIP visit for Port Talbot RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Father Christmas has paid a special visit to Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Station.

A good old fashion carol service

RNLI/Mel Cooper

Some of the people who attended

The station organised a carol service and a visit from Santa for children (0 to 12 years) belonging to crew and family members on Sunday 17th December.

The service was held in the boathouse led by the station chaplain, Rev. Phil Denyer and some beautiful carol singing ensued. Once the singing was over, the children all stood by the boathouse door and Father Christmas arrived in the lifeboat which was towed along the promenade.

Despite the atrocious weather he had a great welcome. It was then time for him to enter his decorated grotto (the crew room). The children were allowed into the grotto in ones or twos to meet Father Christmas and receive a present from him. He was helped by Mother Christmas who also turned up on the day. Once all the children had received their gifts it was then upstairs for a welcome buffet and a hot drink or squash.

It was a very enjoyable afternoon and in total 54 children received a present from Father Christmas.

RNLI/Mel Cooper

The first children receive their presents

RNLI/Mel Cooper

Father Christmas and Mother Christmas At Port Talbot

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