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A successful book launch took place in the Falmouth Bookseller on Friday 27 May.

Lifeboats News Release

A bookshop in Church Street hosted the successful launch on Friday of Falmouth Lifeboat’s book celebrating 150 years of lifeboats operating from Falmouth.

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David Barnicoat and Simon Culliford signing copies of the book.

The launch was attended by the authors, Simon Culliford and David Barnicoat, together with the Coxswain of Falmouth RNLI Lifeboats John Blakeston, Brenda Grieve the fundraising secretary, members of the lifeboat crew, other volunteers from the lifeboat and Mr Johns, the owner of Falmouth Bookseller.

David and Simon signed copies of the book which were then sold to help raise funds for the lifeboat. It is understood that many copies were sold although it is not known at the moment exactly how many. The book is available from the Falmouth Bookseller and the lifeboat shop for £9.95.

Ron Johns, owner of the bookshop said, “Falmouth bookseller was delighted to host the launch of the Falmouth Lifeboat’s new book, and meet so many crew and supporters of this important organisation and local institution.”

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Book launch in Falmouth Bookseller.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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