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Whitstable lifeboat station took on a festive air on Saturday 18th when the annual Christmas fair was held in the boat hall.

Diane Randall, acting chairman of the Whitstable RNLI fund-raising branch said “The event is always a popular affair and is always well attended by supporters and friends of the station and this year was no exception”

“Although we got off to a slow start it soon became very busy with plenty of customers for all our usual attractions which included a Christmas raffle, tombola, bottle stall, cakes, and preserves, soft toys and knitted items and children’s games to name but a few. For those who braved the rather chilly morning, the lifeboat was on display outside the boathouse”.

“This year the fair raised around £1094.00 which is a very good total and my thanks go to all those who supported the event including customers and our volunteers. The monies raised will go towards the continuing running costs of the station which this year has seen our volunteer lifeboat crews launch on 47 occasions to incidents in our area of operations”.