28th February 2019
Illuminations cheque presentation
This afternoon in unseasonably warm weather Ramsgate RNLI were presented with a cheque for £802 by Rebekah Smith, Town Promoter for money raised by local small businesses during the Illuminations in December 2018. Also present was Martin Morgans from the Royal Temple Yacht Club who co-ordinated the annual event encouraging the boats to light up and who worked side by side with Ramsgate Town Council to include the local businesses and make it into an even bigger spectacle, one which attracted crowds from far and wide and even Europe.
This year was the largest light up of boats yet and huge crowds came to witness the event and also the laser light show that the Town Council arranged. The RNLI added to the spectacle by lighting up their relief Trent in the harbour and even managed to persuade Santa to come out for a tour of the harbour in atrocious weather.
The following local businesses contributed to the total raised by sponsoring an amount for each boat that lit up.
The Empire Rooms, The Little Ships, Thorley Taverns, The Goose, Albion House Hotel, Stonelees Golf Centre, York Street Gallery, Ravensgate Arms, Glendevon Guest House, Nice Things, McGillan and Woodell, Archive Home and Kitchen, Lovett of Ramsgate, The Greek Arch and Home Basics.
Ian Cannon, Coxswain of the RNLI said, ‘ We would like to thank everyone who took part in last years Illuminations, and we are happy to accept this cheque for £802 which will help us to continue saving lives at sea, as the RNLI is fully funded by voluntary contributions. ‘
L-R Phill Mace RNLI Mechanic, Ian Cannon RNLI Coxswain, Rebekah Smith Ramsgate Town Promoter and Martin Morgans from Royal Temple Yacht Club. Photo by Sarah Hewes
Father Christmas on the RNLI boat, and the lit up harbour. Photo by Brian Whitehead