New Brighton RNLI to host tug of war against Mersey Divers on New Years Day

The annual tug-of-war competition between New Brighton Lifeboat volunteers and the Mersey Divers will take place at Fort Perch Rock beach on Sunday 1 January 2023, starting at 12 noon.

The volunteers at New Brighton Lifeboat station will face the Mersey Divers in the friendly tug of war challenge. New Brighton RNLI will be fighting to keep the trophy whilst Mersey Divers will be hoping for their first victory since the competition began.

On Thursday 15 December, some of the New Brighton RNLI crew visited the Merseyside Sub Aqua Club – Branch 5. It was an opportunity for the teams to see who they will be up against.

With a practice session planned for Wednesday 21 December, the New Brighton RNLI tug of war team is taking the challenge seriously and determined to keep the trophy at the Lifeboat Station.

Ian Thornton, Lifeboat Operations Manager for New Brighton Lifeboat Station said, “This will be the first competition we have hosted since the Covid-19 pandemic, so please come down to show your support. It’s a great event which demonstrates the community spirit around the New Brighton area.”

David Edwards, Chairman of the Merseyside Subaqua Club – Branch 5 said, “The tug of war is something that we look forward to every year and we’re hoping we might actually win it this year!”

The event is free to watch. Fundraising volunteers will be on the beach and promenade to collect donations for the RNLI. Your donations can help the Lifeboat Station continue its mission of saving lives at sea.

Image: New Brighton RNLI and Mersey Divers Club pictured holding the trophy. Credit: Vince Clegg

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