As a way to thank people for all the support the RNLI lifeboat receives throughout the year the Hayling Island station will be holding an open day this Sunday.

Lifeboats will be launched and put on a display to entertain the crowds while stalls will be erected on the beach. Information will also be available on how to stay safe at coastal locations.

The new lifeboats will take to the water at 11am 12.30pm and 2pm with the idea of repeating last years flypast from the search and rescue Coastguard helicopter.

Kit races model lifeboats (available to play with) Hampshire Fire and Rescue First Responders RNLI Beach Safety and Solent Coastguards will all be at the event. They will be available for questions and feedback. The RNLI will also be providing free safety checks for things like personal life jackets and buoyancy aids.

The afternoon will have a tug of war and teams will be made up of lifeboat and shore crews.

Volunteer press officer Alan Bartlett commented: The crew are very much looking forward to it. We want as many people as possible to turn out as we want to say thank you for the past year. We were surprised last year at how many people from further afield came out and supported the event.

Proceedings kick off at 11am and run until 3.30pm.