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Labour of love for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A model of an RNLI lifeboat has been donated to Hartlepool Lifeboat station by the family of the late Bryan Bell.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Pictured at the presentation of the model lifeboat are(left to right) Janet Dobson, Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crew memberSteve Dunnett, Heather Bell, Graeme Bell, Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crew member Tommy Price and Susan Bell.
Bryan who was a former Gray's Shipyard and Laings joiner was a keen model maker with a passion for the lifesaving charity and went to great lengths getting plans for the model by contacting the RNLI headquarters at Poole who sent him some detailed drawings.

Bryan's widow Heather who first met husband to be Bryan when they were pupils at Galleysfield School on the Headland at Hartlepool were married for 57 years.

Heather said 'Before Bryan passed away one of his wishes was that the model lifeboat, one of several model boats he built, be donated to the Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Station.

'We are all immensely proud of him, I don't think we realised how talented he was.

'He would be really pleased to know that his model is now mounted on a cabinet above the station's ‘Pride of Britain’ award.'

Hartlepool RNLI station mechanic Garry Waugh said 'Bryan's excellent model of the RNLI Severn class lifeboat now stands pride of place in the crew training room and on behalf of all the crew we would like to say thank you to the Bell family for their donation.'

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Pictured at the presentation of the model lifeboat are (left to right) Janet Dobson, Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crew member Steve Dunnett, Heather Bell, Graeme Bell, Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crew member Tommy Price and Susan Bell.

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