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RNLI visitor centre is on track for summer launch

WORK is progressing well on the RNLI visitor centre, which plans to open its doors in Dartmouth this summer.
The fundraising team at RNLI Dart and colleagues at head office in Poole said the refurbishment of the Old Post Office building on South Embankment was on course and that they were ­looking forward to be up and running in the coming months.
Now the hunt is on to find a team of volunteers to help run the centre: ­anyone interested in getting involved or finding out more is invited to an open evening at the Dartmouth Yacht Club at 6pm on Thursday, April 2.
The centre will be managed by Tracey Lucas, with support from Amanda Woods, the visitor experience manager at Poole.
Tracey, who lives in Strete, has been a visitor to Dartmouth for 30 years and has been involved with the local RNLI since arriving in the area just over a year ago.
She said she was looking forward to working with a team of local volunteers from all walks of life.
‘We’re looking for anyone, young and not so young, who’s looking for something new, who would enjoy working in a team, has time available and would like to be involved, whether it be on a regular basis or just a few occasional hours,’ she said. ‘No experience is necessary, as everyone who volunteers will be fully trained to enable them to enjoy with confidence meeting visitors and working in the visitor centre.’
Full details of what volunteering involves will be given at the open evening, along with a chance to hear what is happening at the local lifeboat station.
Those interested will also get the chance to visit the visitor centre, which is close by.
Tracey said that, once completed, the visitor centre would be an ‘exciting, innovative and hands-on’ attraction
that would show the varied aspects of the RNLI, both locally, nationally and internationally.
There will also be a shop selling ­souvenirs.

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