Penlee RNLI hosts ceremony to officially name and dedicate inshore lifeboat
The volunteer team at Penlee RNLI is hosting a formal naming ceremony and service of dedication for its new Atlantic 85 class Inshore lifeboat Mollie and Ivor Dent. It will take place in front of hundreds of invited guests on Saturday 26 August, marking a new chapter in the station’s history.
The Atlantic class lifeboat arrived at the station in August 2016, and has been funded by the late Mollie and Ivor Dent. Ivor was a naval man with a love of the sea. He and Mollie spent many holidays on the Isles of Scilly, growing to know the area around Penzance really well.
Ivor sadly died when he was 58, after a short illness. Mollie remained living in Newbury until she died at the age of 88. They were a very close couple and it was the dearest wish of both of them to have a lifeboat named after them. Ivor’s sister and several nieces and nephews will be attending the naming ceremony and all are thrilled that the couple’s wish has been fulfilled.
Andrew Munson, Lifeboat Operations Manager at RNLI Penlee said: 'We are very much looking forward to the naming and service of dedication for our Atlantic class lifeboat. As always our heartfelt thanks go to the community who continue to support us locally and the generous donations and legacies which ensure we have the best possible kit to save lives at sea.'
‘Although the event is invitation only, there will be a viewing area for members of the public on the Mary Williams Pier and we’d love to see people come along to enjoy the ceremony.’
The event will start at 11am and run through a set order as follows:
- National Anthem sung by Hannah Ladd
- Janet Madron BEM, Chair of Penlee Lifeboat Management Group, welcomes guests and opens the proceedings.
- Michael Blankley, the donors’ nephew, hands over the B class lifeboat Mollie and Ivor Dent to the RNLI
- Abbie Cranage, Area Lifesaving Manager, accepts the lifeboat on behalf of the RNLI and hands into the care of Penlee Lifeboat Station
- Andrew Munson, Lifeboat Operations Manager, accepts the lifeboat on behalf of Penlee Lifeboat Station
- The Reverend Julyan Drew leads the Service of Dedication, with hymns sung by the Bucca’s Four accompanied by Ruth Wetherall
- Lynda Rogerson, the donors’ niece and Joan Blankley, Ivor’s sister, officially name the lifeboat Mollie and Ivor Dent
- David Pascoe, Second Coxswain, gives a Vote of Thanks and closes the ceremony
- The lifeboat launches, weather permitting
Notes to editors
- You, or a representative, are invited to attend the naming ceremony on Saturday 26 August. Please contact Elaine Trethowan, Penlee Lifeboat Press Officer or Amy Caldwell (contact below) to let them know you’ll be attending and any filming or interview requirements on the day.
- Attached is a photo of the B Class lifeboat Mollie and Ivor Dent. Credit Amy Smith
- Photos will be available after the event.
- Please find attached a full programme of events for the day which includes more information on the funders
- Please note that parking will not be available at Penlee Lifeboat Station. There is a nearby car park in Newlyn and parking will be available at Sandy Cove - located on the left as you leave Newlyn towards Mousehole
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