After last weekends drama on the beach and the timely intervention by the emergency services a few of us anglers (and some not so local) got together with Bill (our friend that was rescued last week) and visited the RNLI station in Blackpool. It was great to see the guys who so often put their lives on the line to save many, many lives and we all had a good chat and a look round the station – they’d been out that morning, just practicing thankfully, so a lot of the guys that helped rescue Bill were there.
We’d had a bit of a collection and although I have no idea where a lot of the cash came from we managed to get just over £500 which Bill handed to the guys. We waited around a while for the local newspaper photographer to arrive so that the RNLI got as much publicity as possible. The more publicity we can get them the better, preferably without calling them out of course.
While we were chatting one of the guys mentioned a life jacket that was small enough to fit in anyones tackle box, I’m not sure what it’s called or where to get it but it is definitely something I will be looking into.
I must just say a quick thanks to Henry Gilbey as well. Henry is a well known angling addict who as well as taking some stunning photographs has written a few books and been on TV. Last week he put a link up to here, which again highlights the work the RNLI do and helps us all stay safe.
Random piece of Blackpool trivia I picked up today: The 3 Victorian Piers; North, Central and South were made that way so the upper class ladies and gentlemen could take the sea air at the North pier, the middle class at Central and the working class at the South Pier, hence the classes wouldn’t have to mix. Victorians – they thought of everything, thankfully we’re not Victorian but it makes you wonder how they policed it…