Caister Lifeboats have this year celebrated 40 years of independence since the RNLI removed their charter after funding difficulties.
Maintained by charitable donations, including assistance from comedian Jim Davis, the Caister Lifeboat has protected shipping and swimmers from four decades, and villagers commemmorated the occasion with a march to the village graveyard to lay wreaths at the Beauchamp memorial.
The capsizing of the lifeboat Beauchamp in 1901 is still the lifeboat station’s biggest tragedy. Nine lives were lost in a fierce storm. At the ensuing inquest the coroner asked why the lifeboat had continued into the storm when searching for survivors instead of turning back and was told ‘Caister men never turn back.’
With modern equipment and a recent £25,000 renovation of their HQ, Caister lifeboats are in fine form, protecting all who use Caister’s beautiful beaches.