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Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Volunteers Officially name their New Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI lifeboat volunteers joined together on Saturday 15 June at 3.00 pm sharp, with members of the community, to officially name their new Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Doris Day and Brian, at Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat Station.

Burnham-on-Sea Chair, Ashley Edwards opens the naming ceremony

RNLI/Mike Lang

Burnham-on-Sea Chair, Ashley Edwards opens the naming ceremony

Lifeboat naming ceremonies are a very important part of integration into the community, and demonstrate proper thanks to the donor and donors’ relatives

Order of events

1. National Anthem .

2. Ashley Edwards, Chairman of the Lifeboat Management Group, welcomes guests and opens the proceedings.

3. Allison Reshad, donor representative and niece of Brian John Sigley, hands the lifeboat into the care of the RNLI.

4. Adrian Carey, RNLI Head of Maritime Delivery, accepts the lifeboat on behalf of the RNLI and hands it into the care of Burnham-on-Sea Lifeboat Station.

5. Matthew Davies, Lifeboat Operations Manager, accepts the lifeboat on behalf of Burnham-on-Sea Lifeboat Station.

6. Reverend Graham Witts leads the Service of Dedication.

7. Kate Barber, crew member at Burnham-on-Sea Lifeboat Station, invites the donor’s niece Allison Reshad to name the lifeboat.

8. James Heappey, Member of Parliament for the Wells Constituency, delivers a ‘Vote of Thanks’.

9. Ashley Edwards closes the proceedings.

After a short break, both Burnham-on-Sea lifeboats were then transported to the beach, for a brief demonstration of lifeboats in action

Music for the hymns and national anthem was supplied by our own Burnham and Highbridge Town Band

Launch Authority Phil Counsell said of the event; ‘I think that we all agree that yesterday was an enormous success in every way and we were very lucky with the weather. A big thanks to everyone who turned up in the morning and really got stuck in with whatever was asked of them in preparation for the afternoon.

The ceremony went like clockwork and hopefully not too much damage has been done to the gelcoat on the boat from the cider! I spoke to our RNLI VIP visitors and they both spoke of their high regard of the Burnham Station and crew.

Ashley (chairman) put a lot of effort in the weeks before the event into ensure that everything would go without a hitch and must be thanked, and a special thanks to Lifeboat Operations Manager Matt Davies who put heart and soul into working so hard for months to ensure that all aspects of the preparation for the day were covered. AS DLA`s we see what an enormous effort he puts in behind the scenes to make the station what it is.’

The station personnel also wish to thank members of the community who supported the event, some of whom are detailed below:-

Bennetts Cider for christening the boat

Mid Somerset Catering for the crockery.

The BAY Centre for loan of tables.

1st Burnham-on-Sea Scout Group for loan of tea pots and jugs.

Burnham Camera club for the loan of an electric Tea Urn

Cafe Aroma for doing the catering

Burnham and Highbridge Town band, who did an excellent job

Lastly the RNLI events team, who worked hard all day ensuring the organisation had the correct resources IChairs etc)

ENDS

Notes for editors

Images with this press release (Credit RNLI/Mike Lang)

File name: MJL_0867 Burnham-on-Sea Chair, Ashley Edwards opens the naming ceremony

File name: MJL_0900 Allison Reshad names the lifeboat by pouring local cider over the bow

File name: MJL_0910 During the dedication ceremony the chosen lifeboat crew for the event

File name: MJL_0978 Doris Day and Brian in action

File name: MJL_1071 Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat volunteers in front of their new lifeboat

File name: MJL_1080 Allison and her husband with the crew of Doris Day and Brian at the stern of the lifeboat

Note about the donor BRIAN JOHN SIGLEY, written by his niece Allison Reshad,

Brian John Sigley, my uncle, Uncle Brian. He was a very intelligent, solitary man who was happiest at the helm of a boat. Whether he had a crew to work with, or captaining his own boat single handedly. In this respect Brian was acutely aware of the vital support provided by the RNLI.

Brian's mother, my nan, born Doris Day. Bought up Brian and my mother as a single parent after losing her husband, Jack Sigley, at sea during the second world war. Jack was in the merchant navy and was lost at sea in 1941.

He was serving his country on the SS Robert Holt when it went down under heavy fire, all hands lost.

Brian was drawn to the sea at an early age and it remained his life long passion. Whilst serving in the army, throughout his civilian life and long into his retirement. When it become too difficult for him to sail his own yacht he surrounded himself with sailing paraphernalia and passed many hours wandering around boat yards and taking boat trips.

Although my nan, Doris, was not a keen sailor on open water she spent many hours with Brian on his boat. They were very close and lived a good deal of their lives together. I would spend time staying with them during my school holidays. As Brian had no children of his own he would spend many hours try to teach me the fundamentals of tacking and heaving to!

I know Brian would have loved to have been here today — to see the result of their legacy. A legacy that will benefit the lifesavers Brian so admired, for years to come.

RNLI media contacts

For more information about this release please telephone Mike Lang, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07889 815860 or email mike.lang@btinternet.com,

In the absence of the above, contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

Alternatively, telephone Amy Caldwell RNLI Public Relations Manager (South)

Tel 07920 818 807, Amy_Caldwell@rnli.org.uk , or Emma Haines Press Officer; 07786 668847 emma_haines@rnli.org.uk




Allison Reshad names the lifeboat by pouring local cider over the bow

RNLI/Mike Lang

Allison Reshad names the lifeboat by pouring local cider over the bow
During the dedication ceremony the chosen lifeboat crew for the event

RNLI/Mike Lang

During the dedication ceremony the chosen lifeboat crew for the event
Atlantic 85 'Doris Day and Brian' in action

RNLI/Mike Lang

Atlantic 85 'Doris Day and Brian' in action
Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat volunteers in front of their new lifeboat

RNLI/Mike Lang

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat volunteers in front of their new lifeboat
Allison and her husband with the crew of Doris Day and Brian at the stern of the lifeboat

RNLI/Mike Lang

Allison and her husband with the crew of Doris Day and Brian at the stern of the lifeboat

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