Sloe Gin and soap keeps the lifeboat afloat Dungeness RNLI lifeboat station had a bumper double fundraising weekend.
On Friday 27 January the Annual Pilot Sloe Gin Competition was held at the world famous Pilot public house and restaurant. This year marked the 16th running of this now regular event.
Niko Miaoulis the Landlord told The Looker; “We started off with just four entries in the first year and William Richardson seemed to win most of the early events; however, over the years the entries have increased and this year we had sixteen different batches for the judges to compare, with one of the contestants even coming down from London to compete”.
Five different judges had the pleasant task of blind tasting each of the gins and then marking each one before coming up with the winners list, which was greatly anticipated by the large crowd that the event attracted.
The cup that was competed for was named after the first winner, former Dungeness RNLI Coxswain William Richardson. First place went to John Jary, with Second place going to Sue Bunny and the Landlord himself getting the coveted spot.
With the help of a raffle and the entry fees for taking part £320 was collected on the night.
Soap and a Soak
The morning of Saturday 28 January saw many of the crew who attended the Gin tasting up bright and breezy for the Lifeboat Station Car Wash. This popular event attracted huge numbers of people patiently queuing to have their cars washed by an ever ready crew. When the editor took his Car along the team were working like a well oiled machine. As well as having their car washed, visitors could call into the boat house and enjoy a nice cup of tea and cakes.
Judith Richardson, Dungeness RNLI Volunteer Press officer told The Looker; “This year’s Car wash seems to be busier than ever, it never fails to surprise me how many people attend this annual event with people travelling some distance to get their cars cleaned. We have had some people drive from as far afield as Canterbury and one lady making the trip from the New Forest. At the end of the day the car wash raised a staggering £1307.52 and on behalf of all the volunteer crew I would like to thank all the people who attended. I would also like to thank The Looker for once again helping to promote this event”.