The Lifeboat Enthusiasts gather at Llandudno Lifeboat Station for their AGM
For the first time their AGM was held at an operational RNLI Lifeboat Station on 13 April. Thirty-five members of the Lifeboat Enthusiasts' Society who had travelled from across the UK met for their annual gathering at Llandudno Lifeboat Station on Saturday afternoon.
The AGM was preceded with a talk delivered by Alun Pari Huws, Deputy Launching Authority at the station, on Llandudno Lifeboat one hundred years ago. The official AGM was followed by a tour of the station and boats conducted by Coxswain Graham Heritage, Second Coxswain Tim James and Crew Member Simon Adey-Davies.
Station Treasurer Arthur Barlow was also present with his models of 12-006, Andy Pearce, the station's former Mersey Class lifeboat and the prototype Arun 52-01 which was stationed at Barry Dock where Arthur has family connections. The event was hosted by members of the station's Visits Team under the leadership of Myfanwy Jones.
Many members, including the society's hard-working committee, were at the station very early the following morning experiencing a cold south easterly wind to witness both the launch and recovery of the station's two lifeboats, the William F Yates, Wales' first Shannon and the Dr Barbara Saunderson, the station's D class lifeboat.
Peter Woolhouse, Chairperson of the “Enthusiasts” explained how the weekend had been a new venture and to some extent was therefore an unknown quantity. However, he went on to say, “the event had been a remarkable success for all involved”. He was particularly grateful to the Llandudno volunteers who had demonstrated such wonderful hospitality to all of his members.
The Lifeboat Enthusiasts' Society was formed in 1964 by John and Pam Francis. Details can be found at http://lifeboatenthusiasts.com2
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