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Official launch of the new Penlee Lifeboat Book 'Service Not Self'

Lifeboats Media Invite

The new Penlee Lifeboat Station History Book 'Service Not Self' will be officially launched at Newlyn Fish Festival on Bank Holiday Monday 28 August

Front cover of Penlee Lifeboat History Book

Colin Paul, Macleod Paul Photography

'Service Not Self'
After three long years of research the new Penlee Lifeboat History Book 'Service Not Self' will be officially launched tomorrow at Newlyn Fish Festival.

The author, Rachael Campey, will be on hand to sign copies and talk about her book journey along with her lifelong friend, Elaine Trethowan, the Penlee Lifeboat Press Officer.

Rachael is an award-winning journalist and editor based near York. She has edited three regional newspapers and was deputy news editor on The Times. She is now a freelance writer. Rachael comes from a seafaring family, her grandfather was a master mariner who ran away to sea at 14 from Padstow. She loves Cornwall and maintains a close bond with Mousehole and the RNLI.

For the next week Rachael will be staying in Mousehole and would be happy to talk about her book journey and how it came about. If you're interested in following up this story please make contact with Elaine Trethowan, Penlee Lifeboat Press
Officer OfficeOfficer on 0770 466 9406
HMS Warspite under tow

Harry Penhaul courtesy of Penlee House Museum, Penzance

HMS Warspite rescue

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