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RNLI Cromer’s All Weather Boat ‘LESTER’ returns

After nearly five months away at RNLI Headquarters at Poole, Cromer’s main All Weather Lifeboat has returned to its home station.

The Tamar Class Lifeboat, which originally arrived in Cromer in 2007, was the seventh of its class to be built and was funded by donations. Lester had been in Poole for maintenance work to be completed. This will enable the boat to continue its valuable work of attending any calls to emergencies at sea.

The relief lifeboat number 16 – 0, RNLB Peter and Lesley-Jane Nicholson’, which means it was the first in the Tamar class, will now return to Poole before being assigned to another station in need.

John Redmond, a member of RNLI Cromer’s shore crew, took photographs of ‘Lesters’ return.

All of the volunteer crew at Cromer RNLI agreed that: ‘It is good to have our boat back as we have missed RNLI Lester’


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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.