Exmouth in Bloom unveils new boat

PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 November 2016

The new Exmouth in Bloom boat, with, from left, Mike Wheeler (Exmouth in Bloom); Steve Hockings-Thompson, RNLI Coxswain; Harry Griffin, RNLI Shore Crew; Richard Lewis and Ann Wheeler (Exmouth in Bloom); Rotarians Martyn Clegg, John Thorogood and Graham Kirby; and Kevin Riley, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager with his dog Poppy.

The new Exmouth in Bloom boat, with, from left, Mike Wheeler (Exmouth in Bloom); Steve Hockings-Thompson, RNLI Coxswain; Harry Griffin, RNLI Shore Crew; Richard Lewis and Ann Wheeler (Exmouth in Bloom); Rotarians Martyn Clegg, John Thorogood and Graham Kirby; and Kevin Riley, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager with his dog Poppy.

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Exmouth in Bloom volunteers have been given a boost in their efforts to keep the town looking shipshape, with the unveiling of a new boat for floral displays.

It’s a result of a collaboration involving several town groups and businesses, which began when the boat itself was donated by Exmouth in Bloom (EiB) supporters Mr and Mrs Cule.

Exmouth in Bloom volunteers then pushed the boat into position by Marine Way, where it was finished with paint supplied by Wilsons Paints.

Exmouth in Bloom volunteers then planted it with flowers, with the use of compost supplied by Kings Garden and Leisure.

Then, finally, it was officiallynamed after Exmouth RNLI’s inshore D class lifeboat George Bearman.

Exmouth in Bloom chairman Ann Wheeler described the new boat as ‘a wonderful team effort’.

The new boat has also been affixed with a Rotary Club roundel, which follows a £300 donation from the Rotary Club of Exmouth and District.

This will be used to purchase plants twice a year for Exmouth in Bloom’s six boats in Marine Way, and one in Dinan Way, and for the Rotary Club display by Exmouth Leisure Centre.

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