Rhyl RNLI's first music day proves to be a success.
The volunteer crew at the charity's lifeboat station arranged a music festival to help raise funds for the station's new Shannon-class lifeboat, due in autumn 2019.
Although the day was overcast and slightly blustery, this did not dampen the spirits of the crew, the acts, or indeed the public, as they were treated to five different music acts, all of whom gave their services free to the station.
As well as music, the volunteers of the fundraisers had opened the shop, and held a raffle for some hampers of food and drink, which went down a storm! The crew wives and partners also had prepared some cakes to sell, as well as 'mocktails' (non-alcoholic cocktails) for the younger element of the spectators. The boats were available for the public to look over as well.
First on was Caz McElroy, a female vocalist, who got the crowd clapping and dancing with her rousing songs.
Next was 'MavMac', a duo of brothers who donned crew gear and spent the whole routine jumping and dancing to rap and other classic anthems, which really got the crowd going.
Next was local band 'Ruby Blues Band' who gave some great renditions of classic rock hits from the past.
Then came Christian Parry, who had graciously stepped in when the next band had to pull out for personal reasons. Christian gave an acoustic set of popular recent hit anthems to keep the crowd singing.
The final act were 'The Old Scrotes', a local band who play Irish, shanty and popular folk hits with great gusto, getting the crowd on their feet for the finale.
The final total raised for the day has not been finalised, but it is anticipated that nearly £600 was raised to help the Rhyl Shannon appeal. the appeal is still open for those who wish to donate online at https://rnli.org/support-us/give-money/give-to-a-special-appeal/rhyl-lifeboat-appeal or just call at the station.
Martin Jones Rhyl Coxswain says' The generosity of the people of the local area never cease to amaze us. We are very grateful to the acts who gave their services for free, and the public who donated generously'
The whole event was co-ordinated by the crew with Callum Robinson as the lead. Callum says ' All the hard work was worth it, I thank everybody who pulled the event together, especially the acts. We hope to carry on this event to make it an annual part of the Rhyl entertainments scene'
Pictures are credited RNLI/ Claire Elshaw / Callum Robinson / Paul Frost
For loads more pictures, and videos, visit the Rhyl Lifeboat Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/rhyllifeboat/
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