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‘Lester’ painting donated to RNLI Cromer

RNLI Cromer was contacted recently by Peter Waterman, a long time follower of the RNLI who had painted Cromers all weather lifeboats ‘Lester’ on the slipway.

During his travels around the country, he visited as many stations as he could before the restrictions imposed by the Covid Pandemic.

 So far Peter has completed seven other paintings for stations in the south east of England. These stations include Grays, Lowestoft, Skegness etc. Peters efforts are aimed at stations auctioning the paintings to raise money for the RNLI.

The painting Peter donated of Southends RNLI lifeboat was auctioned at a Charity evening held by the station there in January 2020 and raised £220 for the RNLI.

His painting was accepted gratefully by John Redmond and Rob Park of RNLI Cromer and will help raise valuable funds later this year or next.


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In Cromer there are two boathouses, one for the All-Weather Lifeboat "Lester" on the pier and the other for the Inshore Lifeboat on the east promenade. This boathouse was originally built in 1902 for the then rowing and sailing lifeboat Louisa Heartwell. Also on the east promenade you'll find the Henry Blogg Lifeboat Museum. The whole town is proud of the man referred to as 'the greatest of the lifeboatmen', who gained national fame in the first half of the 20th century when navigation around the Norfolk coastline was particularly hazardous in easterly gales.