Mayor takes to high seas with RNLI

MAYOR of Thurrock, Cllr Charlie Curtis visited the Gravesend Lifeboat Station covering the River Thames on Thursday (3 November).

Travelling via the Tilbury Ferry, the mayor was welcomed by the chairman RNLI Thurrock Branch, Cllr Gerard Rice.

The chairman showed Cllr Curtis — patron of the Thurrock branch — and other VIPs the latest lifeboat with the volunteer crew.

He told the mayor how the Thurrock branch regular raises £12,000 annually towards the operations at Gravesend.

The RNLI Thurrock branch’s next major fundraising event will be its Annual Dinner Dance at Orsett Hall Hotel on 2 March 2012.

Tickets are £35 and can be bought by contacting the Cllr Rice on 07939917350 or by visiting the website at http://www.rnli-thurrock.org.uk/

Cllr Curtis said: “It was a tremendous privilege to visit the RNLI at Gravesend, one of the busiest in the country. I was also impressed by the success the Thurrock branch has in raising funds for them.”

The mayor also visited the Port of London radar facility next door and said afterwards: “It was just like watching air traffic control and amazingly high-tech modern facility – almost out of this world!”

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