For the first time in three years Arklow volunteers welcomed the public back to the RNLI Lifeboat station for their 2022 Open Day.
Although the event was smaller than the usual Maritime Festival, it kept with tradition, with all of last weekend's events taking place on the quay.
Festivities on the day included the traditional blessing of the fleet, a classic car show by East Coast Classics, a BBQ, live music and DJ, a craft fair, hook-a-duck, a little miss and little mister competition, a glamorous granny competition and displays by Arklow Fire Brigade and the Community First Responders.
The family friendly day was a resounding success and one of the best attended on record. According to RNLI fundraising PR Officer Pat Nolan, “We had a great attendance – a lot bigger than we had expected. Considering it was a smaller event than usual, the public really came out in force. Everybody had a great day and we really appreciated the turnout.
“Between the crew and the fundraisers there were about 25 people involved and that's not including the First Responders, or The Fire Brigade, who cancelled their own event to help us out. We couldn’t have done with without the support of the whole community. It really was a huge community effort.”