Port Talbot RNLI receives a royal visit
The Princess Royal, Princess Anne recently visited the lifeboat station at Port Talbot during a short tour of South Wales.
HRH was met on arrival at the station by the station president William Hopkins and Lifeboat Operations Manager Clive Morris. The Princess was first introduced to the members of the fundraising committee in the stations shop and then outside to members of the coastguard, coastguard helicopter crew and RNLI lifeguards. After this HRH proceeded upstairs where she met members of the station management committee, the donators of the current lifeboat, John and Pam Spender and representatives of the Samaritans and two local schools. It was then downstairs to meet the crew. Finally Princess Anne was invited to sign the visitors book and unveil a commemorative plaque recording the visit.
HRH spoke to everyone on station and it was a very enjoyable visit and an honour for the for all concerned. Prior to leaving the station, HRH was presented with a posy of flowers by one of the junior crew members, Katy May.
Notes to editor
Attached are photos taken of the visit. Please credit Port Talbot RNLI.
RNLI media contact
For more information please contact Mel Cooper, Port Talbot Lifeboat Press Officer on 01639 894335. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390.
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, in a normal year, 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.