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Llandudno RNLI's new inshore lifeboat arrives

Lifeboats News Release

Llandudno brand-new RNLI inshore lifeboat arrived in the resort on Wednesday (6 April) by road from the charity's production facility on the Isle of Wight.

The new lifeboat is named Dr Barbara Saunderson to recognise the Llanfairfechan resident who, prior to her death in 2014, generously provided the funds to finance the boat's construction.  

Dr Saunderson, a former Lecturer in French at Bangor University, was a committed RNLI supporter and fundraiser who over the years had also financed two earlier inshore lifeboats for Llandudno.

A Llandudno RNLI spokesman said: 'Dr Saunderson often came to see us at the lifeboat station and always took a keen interest in the work of our crews.  It was the wish of everyone at the station that this boat should carry her name and we know that she would have been pleased and very proud to see her new lifeboat powering round Llandudno bay this week.'

Notes to editors:
The attached pictures, which should be credited 'Mike Jones / RNLI', show:
-   The new boat touching down in Llandudno.
-   Her first launch.
-   Speed trial in the bay.
-   The late Dr Saunderson pictured with Llandudno RNLI's previous inshore lifeboat, which she had also funded.  She is holding the RNLI Gold Badge presented to her to recognise her years of dedicated service as a volunteer.
For further information please contact Alan Sharp, Llandudno RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 01492 543315.

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