“Here in Bude, we laugh in the face of rain” said Bude Lifeboat on their Twitterfeed, and they certainly pulled out all the stops today with their demonstrations, including a lifeboat capsize drill, the rescue demo using the Padstow lifeboat and the helicopter from Chivenor, though part of me expected to see an ark, so incessant was the rain. “When is it going to stop?” asked one collector. Indeed.
Pleased to say that many locals turned out to see them, and I sincerely hope the donations make it the usual major success.
However, most of us are not as stalwart as the lifeboat crews and wandering around the Castle Grounds area of Bude in the rain wasn’t the delight we wanted. The weather simply wasn’t on the charity’s side today and it will surely impact upon proceeds, despite all their gallant efforts. A rotten end to a rubbish summer, weatherwise, and while the event will still be successful due to sheer determination and effort, it seems a shame that it can’t be as good as recent years.
Thinking back to last year, my family and friends were out in Bude all day on Lifeboat Day, until after the firework finale. This time, we managed an hour, wet through, though ensured I did give a donation. The poor lifeguard collectors had quickly discovered, as did I, that their coats and trousers were not waterproof. I am probably a bit of a wuss but cold and wet tends to remove the fun.
Interestingly, we own holiday cottages and most people stayed in today. Those who braved Bude were there for a very short period of time and I suspect that this will be the tale generally. As much as people want to support the local lifeboat crew, they prefer to do it on a sunny day! That said, there was a decent turnout, but nothing like the leisurely sitting around on the Castle Green experienced last year.
Love the positive Tweets and attitude and am really sorry, after all the hard work – and cost – that goes into arranging a day like this, that the weather was so darned awful. I wanted to ‘laugh in the face of rain’ but as my camera got soaked, my hair dripped down my face and the water seeped through my coat and trousers leaving me cold and uncomfortable, laughter was in rather short supply.
A big thanks to the cheery collectors and those organising events…..I signed up as a member last year, so at least I know I’m helping the RNLI all year round. For anyone who missed today because of the weather, then I’m sure a donation would still be very welcome!