RNLI-Lifeboat-Swan-is-unveiled-as-newest-attraction-at-popular-Bangor-fun-park

Byline: The `Bangor Swans´, a popular attraction at Pickie Fun Park in the town, are to be joined by a new addition, which will raise funds for charity.
Page Content: The white pedalo swans enjoyed by families when they visit the fun park will now include a swan decked out in the colours of an RNLI lifeboat. For every trip that people take on the lifeboat swan the Park will donate £1 to the RNLI.

The as yet unnamed swan will take pride of place among its 17 pedal operated colleagues and is easily identifiable by its distinctive lifeboat colours.  Management at Pickie Fun Park approached the RNLI with the novel fundraising idea and with the charity’s permission used the exact blue and orange colours that the RNLI use for its all-weather lifeboats.

Speaking on the new addition to their swan family, Bangor Pickie Fun Park Manager Nigel McNeely said, “We are located right at the harbour in Bangor, which is literally a stones throw from the Bangor RNLI lifeboat station.  We regularly see the lifeboat crew out on callouts and exercises so we thought that this would be a great way to support a local cause. By doing something fun and different we hope that people will enjoy it and be eager to take the lifeboat swan out for a spin around the lagoon.   

RNLI Operations Manager Gareth Morrison added, “We are delighted that Pickie Fun Park has decided to paint one of the Bangor Swans in our lifeboat colours.  Raising awareness for the work of our volunteer lifeboat crews is vital to help us keep saving lives at sea.  With its distinctive blue and orange colours it will be hard to miss and everyone who has a go in it will know that they are helping to raise funds for the RNLI.”

The first two customers for the new lifeboat this weekend were Bangor RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew Rory Flannigan and Gareth Whan, who took to the water in full RNLI kit.

The Park will be running a competition to name the new swan, as the RNLI name their lifeboats.  They will be asking children who visit the park to suggest names and will choose the best one for their new swan. 

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Note for Editor:
Photos: RNLI/Colin Watson
Lifeboat Swan – family: Bangor RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew Rory Flannigan and Gareth Whan try out the new lifeboat swan at Pickie Fun Park under the watchful eye of Paul Taylor and his son Joseph (5) from Groomsport and staff Nadine Hackworth and Chelsie Gray
Lifeboat Swan – back: Bangor RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew Rory Flannigan and Gareth Whan take Pickie Fun Park’s new pedal Lifeboat swan out for spin

  
RNLI media contacts
For information please contact Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 00 353 1 8900 460 or 00 353 87 1254 124 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 00 353 87 6483547 email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk

Bangor Pickie Fun Park contact: Nigel McNeely Pickie Fun Park Manager Tel: 078 7056 4327

Byline: The `Bangor Swans´, a popular attraction at Pickie Fun Park in the town, are to be joined by a new addition, which will raise funds for charity.
Page Content: The white pedalo swans enjoyed by families when they visit the fun park will now include a swan decked out in the colours of an RNLI lifeboat. For every trip that people take on the lifeboat swan the Park will donate £1 to the RNLI.

The as yet unnamed swan will take pride of place among its 17 pedal operated colleagues and is easily identifiable by its distinctive lifeboat colours.  Management at Pickie Fun Park approached the RNLI with the novel fundraising idea and with the charity’s permission used the exact blue and orange colours that the RNLI use for its all-weather lifeboats.

Speaking on the new addition to their swan family, Bangor Pickie Fun Park Manager Nigel McNeely said, “We are located right at the harbour in Bangor, which is literally a stones throw from the Bangor RNLI lifeboat station.  We regularly see the lifeboat crew out on callouts and exercises so we thought that this would be a great way to support a local cause. By doing something fun and different we hope that people will enjoy it and be eager to take the lifeboat swan out for a spin around the lagoon.   

RNLI Operations Manager Gareth Morrison added, “We are delighted that Pickie Fun Park has decided to paint one of the Bangor Swans in our lifeboat colours.  Raising awareness for the work of our volunteer lifeboat crews is vital to help us keep saving lives at sea.  With its distinctive blue and orange colours it will be hard to miss and everyone who has a go in it will know that they are helping to raise funds for the RNLI.”

The first two customers for the new lifeboat this weekend were Bangor RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew Rory Flannigan and Gareth Whan, who took to the water in full RNLI kit.

The Park will be running a competition to name the new swan, as the RNLI name their lifeboats.  They will be asking children who visit the park to suggest names and will choose the best one for their new swan. 

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Note for Editor:
Photos: RNLI/Colin Watson
Lifeboat Swan – family: Bangor RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew Rory Flannigan and Gareth Whan try out the new lifeboat swan at Pickie Fun Park under the watchful eye of Paul Taylor and his son Joseph (5) from Groomsport and staff Nadine Hackworth and Chelsie Gray
Lifeboat Swan – back: Bangor RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew Rory Flannigan and Gareth Whan take Pickie Fun Park’s new pedal Lifeboat swan out for spin

  
RNLI media contacts
For information please contact Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 00 353 1 8900 460 or 00 353 87 1254 124 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 00 353 87 6483547 email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk

Bangor Pickie Fun Park contact: Nigel McNeely Pickie Fun Park Manager Tel: 078 7056 4327