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By the seaside

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 July 2013

View of Causeway and Marine Lake.

View of Causeway and Marine Lake.

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In recent years Weston's seafront and promenade have been transformed by a major refurbishment. Weston's forefathers would be impressed by the improvements - although saddened perhaps by the plight of one of its historic piers.

Built in 1867, Birnbeck Pier – the only pier in Britain that links the mainland with an island - has been closed to the public since 1994 and is on English Heritage’s At Risk Register.

In 1882, the town’s first lifeboat was given a home here and so began the long association of Weston RNLI with Birnbeck Island.

The facilities under which the volunteers of Weston RNLI have to operate are deteriorating. This coincides with the RNLI working to adopt the neighbouring Portishead Lifeboat Trust and construct a new lifeboat station so the RNLI has launched a Bristol Channel Fundraising Appeal. It’s not known at this stage how much money will be needed but it likely to be many hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Suggestions, offers of help or donations to Peter Elmont: 01934 418920, Peter.elmont@virgin.net

Events being held by the Weston RNLI team include a Raft Race on Marine Lake on 27 July from 1pm and the RNLI Open Day at Anchor Head on 28 July starting at noon. westonrnli.org.uk

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