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Emergency services: Folkestone Coastwatch open day does brisk trade in ships biscuits!

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By Susan Carey

National Coastwatch Folkestone held an Open Day on Saturday 17 June at their watchhouse overlooking the English Channel.


Whilst they welcome visitors all year round, on their Open Day, they push the boat out and lay on a spread of delicious refreshments. 

A visitor enjoys a biscuit  Photo: Susan Carey

This year as well as the usual hot drinks and cake there were iced biscuits on a nautical theme baked by Station Manager Bernie Dowley’s daughter, Lesley.

NCI volunteers at the open day  Photo: Susan Carey

NCI Folkestone won the Queen’s Award for Volunteers in 2011. Their members are ‘eyes along the coast’ 364 days a year reporting any problems to the emergency services.

The watch house next to the Martello Tower  Photo: Susan Carey

There are 64 volunteers who keep watch and raise funds for the operation which is entirely self funding.

The watch house  Photo: Susan Carey

In my role of NCI Folkestone’s honorary president, Susan Carey said, ‘NCI’s volunteers do a great job and it’s a testimony to their team spirit that there’s a waiting list to join.’

Top photo by Susan Carey - The delicious ships biscuits 

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