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Beaumaris Lifeboat volunteer has the honour to represent RNLI at the Cenotaph.

Lifeboats News Release

Mr Gareth Parry who has been a volunteer with the Beaumaris Lifeboat for over 40 years serving on both the offshore and inshore lifeboats operated by the station, was asked to represent the RNLI at the remembrance ceremony held at the Cenotaph on Sunday 12 November 2017.

Pictured just prior to taking thier place in the march past at the Cenotaph

RNLI/ Neil Withers

The four RNLI representatives near the Cenotaph in 2017

This is not the first occasion that Gareth has represented the RNLI on the national stage as he has carried the official RNLI standard in 1999 at the ceremony that took place in St. David Hall, Cardiff, also around 14 years ago he was the national standard bearer for the RNLI in the remembrance ceremony at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance in the Albert Hall, London.

This year in addition to Gareth the Ilfracombe station was represented by Andrew Bengey, Penlee station by Antony Rendle and the Skerries station by David Knight. .A further two crew members both from stations on the River Thames in London attended the Saturday night Festival of Remembrance as representatives of the RNLI these being Natalie Adams and Eamon Fanning.

The actual wreath placed at the Cenotaph

RNLI/Neil Withers

The RNLI Wreath as laid at the Cenotaph

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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.

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