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Soanes Signs sign up for Cromer RNLI

The service boards, which give details of the launches of both inshore and all weather lifeboats, have been updated onto new boards. For many years the rescue launches of the inshore lifeboats had not been updated, whilst only the launches up to 2010 of the all weather lifeboats were on display in the main boathouse.



Cromer RNLI are very grateful to Steve Soanes of Soanes Signs of Norwich for donating and printing of the words on the service boards. This was an enormous task as 10 boards relating to the inshore launches needed to be completed, along with 2 boards for the main boathouse. The boards are very large, approximately 750mm in width and 1670 mm at the

top of the arched shape.


The boards had been made at Norfolk Joinery, who charged just for the wood, and then

Boyer’s Body and Service Centre coated them in special paint at no cost to Cromer RNLI. Without these contributions the project would never have been able to be completed.

Once this preparatory work had been completed, Derek Hinds – Chairman of RNLI Cromer and Ted Luckin RNLI Cromer Boathouse Officer, took the boards over to Steve Soanes. The information for the service boards was provided by a member of Crew at RNLI Cromer – Paul Russell – who is an authority of the history of the station.


Over the next few weeks the all weather station boards will be placed on the walls for our many visitors to see. Next year at a presentation evening the inshore lifeboat boards will be on show for all our supporters and visitors to read and admire.


This work could not have been undertaken without the amazing support and generosity

of Soanes Signs.

 

Derek Hinds, Chairman, commented:“We are totally overwhelmed and extremely thankful for the support given to our lifeboat station by these local companies which keeps the history of our station updated.”

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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.