Beaumaris Lifeboat volunteer has the honour to represent RNLI at the Cenotaph.
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.
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.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.