Well What a Weekend!!!
Neither the weather nor the events could have been more variable.
Well done to everybody for a successful and memorable weekend 2nd – 4th June 2017.
Friday began with us celebrating the Queens Award, a terrific testimony to our teamwork and dedication to keeping the public safe and our contribution to the ‘bigger society’.
Our film stars Anne Hopton, Trevor England and Martin Crapper did us proud on BBC Spotlight showing the tower and educating the public to our role in our 15 minutes of fame (reduced to about 1 minute of tv airing).
A blustery Saturday morning saw us erecting gazebos on the green outside the tower in preparation for our Open Day and the Torbay Air Show weekend.
Thanks to the brilliant support of Watchkeepers and Friends alike we were able to offer the public not only a tower visit but also refreshments, merchandising and games.
Team Bakers – a magnificent crew – did us proud again with an enormous array of superb cakes and biscuits which went down a storm alongside the tea and coffee.
In addition we were able to interest the public in supporting us with donations, the purchase of merchandising, lucky dips, cards and games of chance.
Saturday evening saw the ‘team’ relaxing with a social barbeque with grateful thanks to Gary Mundy and his crew for the burgers and buns.
Sunday began with the unveiling of the plaque on the Memorial Bench with the three Watchkeeper’s widows in attendance. Martin Crapper, the Station Manager, made a short introduction before handing over to Jennie Crapper who read out ‘Over the Bar’.
The plaque was unveiled by Trish Parsons, widow of Graham. The three ladies were then presented with cheerful mixed bouquets by lady watchkeepers to bring the short ceremony to a close.
Photographs were taken by all in similar fashion as that employed at weddings until everyone had had enough of fame.
Following this ceremony, but using the appreciative audience, the Friends (represented by Alandra Elendill and Trish Parsons) made a presentation to Martin Crapper, Station Manager, of a large cheque in the sum of £1500.
Alandra, as Chair of the Friends of Torbay NCI, made a short speech explaining the role of Friends in fund raising and supporting the Station with equipment and running costs. Once again the ‘paparazzi’ went into action.
And all of this before breakfast!!! Well not quite but before yet one more day of refreshments and excellent fund raising.
Really grateful thanks to everyone who participated in whatever role they undertook. Without out you all we would not have a station we can be justifiably proud of.
A weekend to go down in history, at least in the station’s history I think!
Chair of friends of Torbay NCI.