Lifeboat replica’s bright makeover

Cllr Richard Harrap, Garry Fisher, John Edwards, Lorraine Gibson, Mark Phillips, William Gardener, employment support trainer Phil Green, employment training coordinator Angie Robinson and director of corporate strategy and commissioning John Skidmore.

Cllr Richard Harrap, Garry Fisher, John Edwards, Lorraine Gibson, Mark Phillips, William Gardener, employment support trainer Phil Green, employment training coordinator Angie Robinson and director of corporate strategy and commissioning John Skidmore.

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Thousands of visitors heading to the East Riding’s coastline this summer will be able to catch a glimpse of a piece of artwork that has been crafted by a group of students with learning disabilities.

A replica RNLI Lifeboat, which has been created by woodwork students who attend the council’s Worklink learning resource centre, in Cottingham, is now taking pride of place atop the roundabout on the A614 at Carnaby.

Worklink, which is run by the council, provides City and Guilds accredited employment training in horticulture, woodwork, catering and hospitality to adults with learning disabilities.

The students were asked to renovate the pre-existing model fishing boat which was once a popular feature of the roundabout, surrounded by a raised bed of white stone and sea creatures in blue glass chippings, but was showing signs of wear and tear after two years.

The council’s street scene service asked Worklink if they could refurbish the wooden boat, but also convert it into the brightly coloured replica lifeboat thanks to the hard work of the students, under the direction of employment support trainer Phil Green.

Students have worked hard to refurbish its hull, build new decking and give it all a fresh coat of paint.