Now that winter’s almost here, and things are a little quieter for the crews of the Wales’s busiest lifeboat station, some enterprising motorists have decided to full advantage of those empty unused slipways.
There were plenty of spare parking spaces elsewhere on the Esplanade and up Cliff Hill – but using those would obviously have entailed rather too much of a walk on a sunny afternoon.
The advantage of parking on the lifeboat slipway, of course, saves having to make that awkward angled reverse manoeuver into an echelon parking slot further along the Esplanade – and also has the great advantage of having enough space to park two-abreast and getting a great uninterrupted view out of the windscreen into the bargain.
Those “Keep Clear” signs must obviously be a warning for RNLI crews not to clutter up the area with boats and stuff when visitors need a handy spot to park-up for an afternoon.
It so happened that as luck would have it there was no lifeboat launch yesterday – so no one was drowned or inconvenienced in any way- making it a “win-win” situation all around.