Exmouth’s RNLI lifeboat weekend was hailed a success, raising more than £2,000 for the charity.
Live music and sea safety rubbed shoulders as the Maer Rocks Festival and Exmouth RNLI open day attracted crowds keen to support the work of the lifeboat crew.
Exmouth RNLI said the festival was a way of thanking the town for supporting the sea safety charity and its volunteers.
Charlie Allen, Exmouth RNLI crew volunteer, who organised Maer Rocks Festival, said: “Thanks to a huge team effort from both RNLI staff and volunteers behind the scenes the inaugural Maer Rocks Festival was a resounding success.
“We were able to promote the current RNLI water safety messages to a huge audience and also entertain them with some incredible live music for free.
“This was a way of giving something back to the community whose continued and valued support is vital in order for us to continue saving lives at sea.”
Robin Humphreys, chair of Exmouth RNLI fundraising team, said “All the RNLI volunteers were overwhelmed with the generosity shown towards the RNLI over the weekend.
“Not only from the suppliers and artistes who were most generous with their donations and time, but also from our visitors who contributed so much to the funds which are vital in our continuing role of saving lives at sea.
“And I must include a special thanks to all our RNLI volunteers in Exmouth who gave their time and effort to organising this amazing fundraising weekend.”
Saturday’s Maer Rocks Festival, at The Queen’s Drive Space, offered live music and a line-up including Sarah Jory, Haytor, Rock The Night, Telstar, Bolynne, Stereo Social Musicians, and Poppy Fardell.
Stalls selling food, plus games for children, community safety advice from the emergency services and a visit from RNLI mascot Stormy Stan helped make the day a ‘resounding success’.
More than 600 people toured Exmouth lifeboat station when it held its open day on Sunday.
Visitors learned about the work of RNLI volunteers and the Exmouth fundraisers, the equipment used by the charity and its lifeboats.
Other activities planned for the day were children’s games and face painting.
The RNLI thanked Exmouth’s mayor, Councillor Steve Gazzard and town crier, Roger Bourgein, for officially kick-starting the events.
Exmouth RNLI gave special thanks to event supporters The Point Bar & Grill, East Devon District Council, Fever & Boutique, Exeplorer Water Taxis, Tesco Exmouth, Exe Wake, Rockfish, Ocean Leisure, Stuart Line Cruises, Exmouth Land Train, Exmouth Pavilion, Devon EMS Ambulance and CSG Pollitt of Exeter.