Margate’s lifeboat crew show off their Mambo dancing skills

Mambo

Margate’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew recently took to the dance floor (the station’s boat hall) to demonstrate some ‘smart moves’ in support of the town’s ‘I Mambo Dance Project’.

When local production company Round in Circles first invited Margate’s volunteer lifeboat crew to participate in its community dance project film I Mambo Margate, it was felt this special group of men and women who regularly face danger to save lives at sea may not perhaps find it their cup of tea – instead they relished the challenge.

After being shown the moves of the dance (made famous by films such as Dirty Dancing and West Side Story) by the real experts they put on a performance for the cameras. The dramatic backdrop of the town’s lifeboat and the crew’s protective clothing made a colourful scene for the film which premiered recently at Turner Contemporary next to the lifeboat station.

Rehersals for I Mambo Margate (I Mambo Margate)

I Mambo Margate is a community dance participation film aimed at inspiring local pride in Margate and bringing communities together. It involved eight community groups in Cliftonville/Margate participating in three workshops where they were taught Mambo-inspired dance routines before being filmed.

Peter Barker, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Margate Lifeboat said:

“As a group we are somewhat out of sight behind our friends next door at Turner Contemporary, so this was a welcome opportunity to send the message to the public that we are your lifeboat and very much part of the local community. We still have to decide who will be named ‘rubber-legs’, snake-hips’ and ‘jelly-roll’ after more famous artists from the past and we thank the group and wish them well.”

 

Learn more about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Their volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 their lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in museums, shops and offices.

For more information please visit the RNLI website or FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

To find out more about Round in Circles, please see their website: http://www.roundincircles.org.uk/

 

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