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RNLI Fun Day at Bolton School

Saturday, 10 March 2012

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Fun Day at Bolton School was officially opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton. The maritime-themed event, attended by the general public, included a wide variety of displays detailing the RNLI's work, displays on the Titanic and the rescuing of over 700 passengers by Old Boy Captain Arthur Rostron on the Carpathia, as well as information on Tenacity of Bolton, the School's own sailing yacht.

A beach life guard unit from Tyne and Wear was at the School and children and adults learned about the Beach Safety Code, sea safety advice and about the day-to-day work of lifeguards. Four members from the lifeboat at Lytham were also in attendance to talk about the work undertaken in the North Sea from their base at Lytham and St Anne's. An inshore inflatable lifeboat could also be viewed, there was an opportunity to try out the kit used by lifeboat crews and gifts could be bought from the RNLI shop.

There were two Titanic displays.  Mr Lynch had a 22 inch model of the boat and the iceberg as well as posters and replica menus from the Titanic for sale.  Old Girl Anne Edwards, whose grandfather was in the same form as Captain Arthur Rostron at Bolton School, displayed her extensive collection of Titanic memorabilia, which recorded the sinking of the boat but through her charity "Honour the Rescuer" she also celebrated Rostron's saving of 706 lives.  Peter Acton, former President of the Old Boltonians' Association, brought in a fascinating display on Transatlantic Crossings.

President of the Bolton RNLI branch and Headmaster of Bolton School Boys' Division, Philip Britton, said: "The day was a great success with adults and children all coming away being a little bit wiser about safer practice at the seaside. The Titanic displays were particularly illuminating and Anne Edwards is right in that the bravery and sterling work of Rostron should not be overlooked in saving over 700 lives.  Without the rescue work of the Carpathia the disaster would have been considerably worse."   

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The Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton open the RNLI Fun Day

The Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton open the RNLI Fun Day; also pictured are Philip Britton, Headmaster at Bolton School and President of the Bolton RNLI branch, Tom Ridyard Chairman of Bolton RNLI and pupil Isabel Brennand

A variety of exhibitors gave a fascinating glimpse into our rich maritime history

Isabel Brennand, aged 7, receives her prizes for winning the competition to design a poster to advertise the event

Isabel Brennand, aged 7, receives her prizes from a member of the Lytham St Annes RNLI lifeboat for winning the competition to design a poster to advertise the event