RNLI volunteer's commitment commemorated
Llandudno's volunteer RNLI lifeboat team assembled in their new sea-front boathouse this week to honour the memory of one of their former colleagues who, perhaps more than anyone, had helped to ensure that a new lifeboat station would be built in the resort.
For well over twenty years John Raymond Evans (Ray) campaigned ceaselessly to make the case for the construction of a new RNLI boathouse in Llandudno. Sadly, Ray passed away in 2015, before work had begun on building the longed-for new station at Craig-y-Don.
His lifeboat friends and colleagues, determined that his self-sacrifice and tenacity will not be forgotten, later commissioned a suitably-worded commemorative plaque which is now installed in a prominent position inside the new lifeboat station.
At a ceremony this week in the boathouse the plaque was unveiled by Ray's widow Jenny, accompanied by their daughter Joanne and watched by family members, lifeboat crew members and station management personnel.
Attached pictures (please credit to RNLI)
1. The plaque is unveiled by Ray's widow Mrs Jenny Evans accompanied by their daughter Joanne and watched by Llandudno Lifeboat Operations Manager Capt Marcus Elliot.
2. Close-up of the plaque.
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Further information contact Alan Sharp, RNLI Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 01492 543315.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.