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Exhibition will tell stories of wartime lifeboat crews

Cromer lifeboat coxswain John Davies looks at a photograph of a Norfolk crew in 1917, which included his relative. Photo: ITV News Anglia.

A new exhibition which opened in Norfolk today is honouring the men who risked their lives during the first world war by manning the country's lifeboats around the UK coast.

Their efforts are often overlooked in favour of the bravery and the heroism of troops on the front line of the Great War which began 100 years ago.

But round the coast of the UK, thousands of people were involved in the rescue of countless casualties from troop carriers and hospital ships.

The RNLI's Hope in the Great War exhibition opened to the public at Cromer's Henry Blogg Museum today and will go on a national tour.

Malcolm Robertson reports.

An image from the Hope in the Great War exhibition. Credit: ITV News Anglia.
The Hope in the Great War exhibition has opened at Cromer's Henry Blogg Museum. Credit: ITV News Anglia.