29th June 2019. This year’s Caister Carnival took place this weekend and the team at NCI Caister once again opened the show.

The Shanty singers from the National Coastwatch Institution at Caister traditionally open the carnival and did so again this year with a great performance that proved to be a crowd pleaser. They were closely followed by the Morris men, 901 Troop band, dancers, singers and a dog show. There was also a traditional Punch and Judy, a large collection of various stalls, children's rides and lots of places to eat!

A spokesperson for the NCI volunteers said “Wow! what a day. We arrived at the playing field today and the wind was much stronger than anticipated. As we erected the gazebo for our stand we nearly had a Mary Poppins moment but the guys of 901 Troop came to our aid with sturdy tent pegs and a hammer. Many thanks to them. The weather was brilliant so all the ingredients were there for a fantastic day. Our stand had some brilliant soft toys knitted and crocheted by our ladies, so a big thank you to Linda and Gladys for their hard work. Our tombola proved very popular and many smiling faces left our stand. Thank you to all the teams hard work for making this such a successful event. Finally, a big thank you to both the people of Caister and all the holiday visitors for your continued support.”

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Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2500 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Rossall  Point in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

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