Falmouth RNLI welcomes HRH The Duke of Kent
The volunteers of Falmouth RNLI gathered at their station today (Monday 3 April) to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent.
The Duke was transported on the all-weather lifeboat to the station and met with volunteers to celebrate the station’s 150th anniversary and to officially launch their fundraising appeal.
The Duke of Kent is the president of the RNLI. Sunny skies and calm waters were the order of the day, as volunteers on the all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott met the Duke and transported him the short distance to the lifeboat pontoon.
He then met members of the coastguard before going inside the RNLI boathouse to meet approximately 30 operational and fundraising volunteers. He spent time talking to representatives and finding out more about their fundraising efforts. He also got the chance to look at historic mementos of the station before unveiling a plaque to commemorate the anniversary and officially launch the £100,000 fundraising appeal.
Falmouth RNLI was established in 1867 in response to a number of shipwrecks in the Falmouth area. Its first lifeboat was a double ended 33 foot, 10 oared, self-righting, pulling and sailing lifeboat built of mahogany. It was funded by the people of Gloucester and so called The City of Gloucester, crewed entirely by volunteers whose brand new lifeboat station was then a wooden building in Falmouth Docks.
Now in 2017, Falmouth RNLI has launched an appeal to raise £100,000 towards the total cost of alterations and upgrades to the current station, based just a quarter of a mile away from the original site, between Falmouth Docks and Pendennis Marina. These improvements are needed to ensure the station is ready to receive the new, bigger and faster Atlantic 85 lifeboat in two years time. The new lifeboat will replace the current Atlantic 75 lifeboat Eve Pank when she reaches the end of her operational life, and will work alongside the station’s all-weather Severn Class lifeboat Richard Cox Scott.
HRH the Duke of Kent has been president of the RNLI since 1969. He succeeded both his parents as president of the charity.
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- Please find attached a selection of images of the Duke of Kent’s visit to Falmouth RNLI. Credit Simon Culliford, RNLI.
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