Ramsgate Reflections: Heritage Programme

26 Jul 2017

Ramsgate Refections

Heritage Programme of talks, running as part of Ramsgate Festival 2017

Delve deep into the history of Ramsgate 

Book tickets online and at Nice Things, Harbour St., Ramsgate. Also available from the information tent at the Harbour during the Festival.

A History of Ramsgate's Lifeboats

A talk by John Ray at the Sailors’ Church and Ramsgate Lifeboat Station.

This talk will cover the history of lifeboating at Ramsgate since 1802 with emphasis on key events and rescues. It will also include the development of the RNLI and its boats into the modern era and an update about some recent dramatic rescues.

There will be opportunity for questions and the talk will be followed by a short walk to the lifeboat station and a chance for a look around and see the boats (rescues permitting!) and the equipment used.

The talk will last an hour, and for the look around the Lifeboat station allow an additional hour.

John Ray served as a shore helper and crew member at Shoreham Harbour Lifeboat Station and for the last 10 years has been archivist and volunteer press officer at Ramsgate Lifeboat Station. He and his wife, Vanessa, are also RNLI Education Presenters and have recently had a book about the history of Ramsgate Lifeboat Station published by the RNLI.