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Barbara’s Beacon burns brightly over Flint

Lifeboats News Release

‘Barbara’s Beacon’ burnt brightly to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, and to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the RNLI at Flint.

The volunteer RNLI team at Flint along with Flintshire Countryside Services took delivery of the new beacon located at the end of the lifeboat slipway at Flint last Thursday, and was lit at 8pm along with many others around the United Kingdom.

The inscription on the beacon, read ‘Barbara’s Beacon, Flint Lifeboat Station 50th Anniversary, in loving memory of Barbara Sadler’, and was donated by Barbara’s husband David in her memory.

David also gave a major donation to fund the new lifeboat at Flint The Lady Barbara which is expected to arrive in early June.

To help raise funds for the new lifeboat, on Saturday May 14th the ‘Flint Ladies Choir’ are in concert with guests at the Gwynedd School, Flint, the concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets priced at £5 are on sale at Tony Lovatt’s butchers, Chester Street, Flint or by contacting Sam Davies on 07545831474

Photo:- ‘Barbara’s Beacon’

Report from Richard Polden Flint RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, telephone 01352711185

Notes to editors

Flint lifeboat station has been operating since 1966. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to
Flint lifeboat and its volunteer crew have responded to 16 calls to date in 2015 and saved four lives, and assisted seven others.
Flint lifeboat and its volunteer crew have responded to 3 calls to date in 2016
Potential lifeboat volunteers should contact Alan Forrester on 07785593247
Flint RNLI are celebrating its 50th Birthday in May 2016
Flint lifeboat station will receive a new ‘D class’ lifeboat ‘The Lady Barbara’ in 2016.
For details about the Flint lifeboat appeal contact Alan Forrester on 07785593247

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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