Parade of history will celebrate Angle RNLI's 150 proud years

Lifeboats News Release

Three veteran ex-RNLI lifeboats are expected to be joined by up to seven other historic vessels when Angle lifeboat station’s 150th anniversary is celebrated at its open day on Saturday.

Angle RNLI’s Tamar class all weather lifeboat will be a star attraction at the station’s 150th birthday open day on Saturday.

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Angle RNLI’s Tamar class all weather lifeboat will be a star attraction at the station’s 150th birthday open day on Saturday.

The open day runs from 11am to 3pm and at 6pm Angle’s Tamar class all weather lifeboat Mark Mason will lead a parade of historic vessels into Angle Bay, where crowds will be gathered outside the Old Point House Inn following Angle Regatta that day.

The veteran lifeboats will be headed by Angle’s former Watson class lifeboat, Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds, which served at the station from 1957 to 1987 and is now owned by Bevis Musk.

She will be joined by the Pentland, also a Watson class lifeboat built in 1957, and which served at Thurso (1957-1970), Mumbles (1974 to 1985) and Workington (until 1990). She is now owned by Angle RNLI’s Deputy Launch Authority, the Rev Mike Brotherton, retired Royal Navy Chaplain.

Also in the line-up will be the Liverpool class lifeboat, The Chieftain, which was built in 1948 and was stationed at Barmouth from 1949 to 1982.

Visitors to the open day will be able to meet Angle RNLI volunteers, tour the £1.2m boathouse and see the all weather and inshore lifeboats.

RNLI souvenirs will be on sale, there will be a cake stall, activities for children and various competitions. Volunteer crew members will operate a barbecue near the entrance to the station and refreshments will be served in the crewroom, with its spectacular views over the Milford Haven Waterway.

There will also be three days of music at the nearby Old Point House Inn to commemorate the station’s 150 years of saving lives.

After the Fire will be on stage on Friday and Saturday from 6.30pm. Abba tribute band, Dream Abba, will appear on Saturday from 7.30pm to 9.45pm and on Sunday from 3pm, Dunvant Rugby Club Choir will be appearing. The choir will be followed at 5pm by singer Becky James and at 6.30pm by Candy Skulls. Throughout the three days, Bristol Dave will also be entertaining.

Visitors to the open day and the Old Point House Inn are reminded that between 6pm and 8pm on Saturday the high tide may make the shore road inaccessible for a time.

RNLI media contacts: For more information please telephone Ted Goddard, Angle RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 01437 763675 or email

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