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Unique opportunity to see historic boat

"We’re delighted that the William Riley is coming to Carlisle. It will provide a unique opportunity to see one of the classic lifeboats of its time, a great experience for the whole family to enjoy.

"I hope that people come along to say “hello” and also pop any spare change into one of our collection buckets!

"I’m very grateful to Whitby Historic Lifeboat Trust and to Carlisle City Council for making this special visit possible and for helping us to raise vital funds to enable our volunteer lifeboat crews and flood rescue teams to continue with their lifesaving work."

– Elizabeth Auld, Secretary, RNLI Carlisle Branch

Historic lifeboat visits Carlisle

Volunteers from the Royal National Lifeboat Institute are fundraising in Carlisle, to honour a special visit by the 'William Riley', a ten-oared lifeboat from 1909.

The historic boat, now owned by the Whitby Historic Lifeboat Trust will be on display in the city centre between 10am and 5pm.

It's the second time in three years that an historic boat has visited the city.

In 2009, a similar lifeboat to the 'William Riley' made its way through the streets as part of the Carlisle RNLI centenary celebrations.