Sheerness RNLI lifeboat station open day.

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A busy day for the crew welcoming many visitors on board the all weather lifeboat

The george and Ivy Swanso alongside the Queenborough all tide landing at the Sheerness RNLI lifeboat stations open day

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The George and Ivy Swanson
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI lifeboat station were kept busy all day welcoming many visitors onboard the Trent Class all weather lifeboat, The George and Ivy Swanson' on Saturday 16 June and were on hand to answer any questions they had about the stations "D" class lifeboat which was also present.
With the Sheerness boathouse being situated inside the Docks the station is unfortunately out of bounds to visitors and so the Lifeboats were taken the short distance to the Queenborough all tide landing where they were moored for most of the day allowing hundreds of visitors to come along and view them and also meet the crew members.
The open day was run in conjunction with the Queenborough Independence Day celebrations which is an annual event marking the handing back of the town from the Dutch 300 years after the actual event in 1697.
Crew members Luke and Damon pictured holding a full working model of The George and Ivy Swanson

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A 'mini' George and Ivy Swanson
Crew members welcomed the Mayor of Swale,Councillor Samuel Koffie-Williams and his wife and also Mayor of Queenborough Councillor Zoe Swarbrick on board the all weather lifeboat

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Honoured guests

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