Clear blue skies for Bridlington RNLI's historic day

Lifeboats News Release

Crowds gathered on Saturday 21 April to see Bridlington RNLI's new Shannon class lifeboat being officially named.

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Bridlington RNLI team
The naming ceremony began at 1pm at the charity's new lifeboat station on the town's Spa Promenade.

Dr John Sentamu The Archbishop of York along with the Reverend Mathew Pollard conducted the service which included the blessing of the boathouse and lifeboat.

The Archbishop said: 'It is always a privilege to be able to spend time with those who risk their lives in the service of others. Our lifeboat crews do extraordinary work whatever hazards that they may face.'

The charity's new lifeboat was named after a local man Antony Patrick Jones who bequeathed a substantial amount to Bridlington RNLI. This generous bequest mainly funded the lifeboat stations new Shannon.

Antony Patrick Jones was an only child who spent most of his childhood and adult life in Bridlington. He was a keen horseman and was involved with assisting Riding for the Disabled.

His mother the late, Mrs Constance Jones, was an active member of the Bridlington Ladies Lifeboat Guild.

Bridlington RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Keith Turnbull, said: 'Our volunteer crew has enthusiastically embraced the new Shannon class lifeboat. It gives them real peace of mind knowing that her advanced technology enables them to reach people a lot more quickly and further offshore.

'The naming ceremony was a very special day in our station's history and will mark a new chapter in the station's lifesaving.'

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Dr John Sentamu Archbishop of York conducts the servcice

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The Champagne is poured

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Antony Patrick Jones Relatives presented with gifts

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