Waiting crowds welcome Bridlington's new lifeboat home
Hundred's of spectators braved heavy showers and cold northerly winds to see the RNLI volunteer crew beach the new boat for the first time.
Despite the poor weather conditions, hundreds of people applauded the new Shannon lifeboat 'Antony Patrick Jones' and it's crew as they came ashore.
The day had started early for the volunteer lifeboat crew with a march in the Remembrance day parade in a heavy downpour. Upon returning from the service, the crew prepared the stations Mersey class lifeboat and inshore lifeboat for sea and the task of escorting the new Shannon to its new home, along with the Flamborough lifeboat. They were joined by local fishing vessels. Together, they laid up to watch the Shannon crew bow their heads and cast a wreath on the sea in memory of those who died in war.
After reaching the beach at 13.22, to coincide with the number on the hull of the new lifeboat, a newly trained Shannon Launch and Recovery team moved the lifeboat to its new boathouse.
Bridlington Lifeboat Chairman Richard Dunk said: 'As we enter this new chapter, we would like to thank everyone who has supported the RNLI and in particular the Bridlington Station. It has been an incredible day and one to cherish.'
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