AFTER weeks of storms, and as 40 knot winds shook the town on Valentine's Day, the crew and fundraisers at St Ives RNLI lifeboat station were rewarded with blue skies for their annual SOS Day car wash.
With bacon and rolls donated by the Lifeboat Inn for bacon baps, cakes made by the St Ives Lifeboat Guild, crew's families manning the cake stall, and tea and coffee donated by the Co-op, all was in place.
Local people, businesses and visitors turned out in their droves to have their cars washed and to fill RNLI collection buckets.
More than 200 cars were washed, with some paying with a hand's full of change saved up for the event, and others giving up to £40 for a car wash.
The St Ives lifeboat crew had an efficient production line in operation to cope with demand at peak times, with cars being pressure washed then moved to a team soaping and washing the cars down using equipment donated by Travis Perkins and WJ Winn Funeral Directors, and finally moving round to the hose to be rinsed off.
The stalls in the boathouse were also busy all day long, selling everything from tea, coffee and cakes, bacon baps and hot soup provided by Pels of St Ives to providing games to keep people entertained. As the day progressed and the sun was replaced by cloud and breezes, the crew's wives and children also joined in to help.
St Ives Lifeboat Station fundraising manager Suzanne Tanner said: "Over the day an amazing 215 cars were cleaned. We can't thank everyone enough for making the day such a success, including all the local businesses who donated everything we needed for the day, the crew and all the other volunteers who gave up their Saturday for us, and of course the people in the town for joining in and having their cars washed."