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Byline: The RNLI Visitor Centre in Dartmouth opened fully on Monday 7 December.
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The first to come through the doors, Mr and Mrs McAllister from Stebbing in Essex, were greeted by Commodore Jake Moores, Chairman of the RNLI Dart Lifeboat Management Group. They were shown the new information displays aiming to engage, educate and inspire the visitors.

The Dartmouth Visitor Centre is a pilot for the charity. Until now most centres have been close to established lifeboat stations, but many other stations have a reduced footfall passing their doors or are otherwise not convenient for visitors. Dart lifeboat is one such and the new centre on the South Embankment, next to Dartmouth Hospital, is in the heart of the town with wonderful views across the River Dart.

On entering, the first attraction to catch the eye is the D class lifeboat, originally from Southend. Children and adults can dress up, climb into the lifeboat and watch RNLI rescue footage on the large screen in front of the boat. Beside the lifeboat are visual and audio displays with information on the D class, the local crew and the wide ranging activities of the RNLI.

Further displays have historical information on famous rescues from the past, including those by Grace Darling and Samuel Popplestone. He was a local farmer and the first to be awarded the Albert medal. The centre will be an amazing educational resource for local school children who already have strong links with the educational team at the Dart Lifeboat Station. 

A new aim of the RNLI is to reduce deaths by drowning by fifty percent over the next nine years. Each area will be guided on how to produce a local Community Lifesaving Plan. An explanation of this challenge will also be in the centre.

The retail shop has been open since July and has already established itself as one of the more popular RNLI outlets in the country. During Dartmouth Regatta and the Food Festival the thirty or so volunteers were run off their feet.

The centre is open daily from 10am until 4pm until close of business for the year on Monday 20 December.

Media contact

For more information contact Dart Lifeboat Press Officer, John Fenton, on 07970921504 or jsfdartrnli@btinternet.com.

Byline: The RNLI Visitor Centre in Dartmouth opened fully on Monday 7 December.
Page Content:

The first to come through the doors, Mr and Mrs McAllister from Stebbing in Essex, were greeted by Commodore Jake Moores, Chairman of the RNLI Dart Lifeboat Management Group. They were shown the new information displays aiming to engage, educate and inspire the visitors.

The Dartmouth Visitor Centre is a pilot for the charity. Until now most centres have been close to established lifeboat stations, but many other stations have a reduced footfall passing their doors or are otherwise not convenient for visitors. Dart lifeboat is one such and the new centre on the South Embankment, next to Dartmouth Hospital, is in the heart of the town with wonderful views across the River Dart.

On entering, the first attraction to catch the eye is the D class lifeboat, originally from Southend. Children and adults can dress up, climb into the lifeboat and watch RNLI rescue footage on the large screen in front of the boat. Beside the lifeboat are visual and audio displays with information on the D class, the local crew and the wide ranging activities of the RNLI.

Further displays have historical information on famous rescues from the past, including those by Grace Darling and Samuel Popplestone. He was a local farmer and the first to be awarded the Albert medal. The centre will be an amazing educational resource for local school children who already have strong links with the educational team at the Dart Lifeboat Station. 

A new aim of the RNLI is to reduce deaths by drowning by fifty percent over the next nine years. Each area will be guided on how to produce a local Community Lifesaving Plan. An explanation of this challenge will also be in the centre.

The retail shop has been open since July and has already established itself as one of the more popular RNLI outlets in the country. During Dartmouth Regatta and the Food Festival the thirty or so volunteers were run off their feet.

The centre is open daily from 10am until 4pm until close of business for the year on Monday 20 December.

Media contact

For more information contact Dart Lifeboat Press Officer, John Fenton, on 07970921504 or jsfdartrnli@btinternet.com.