Book launch for Weymouth lifeboat stations 150th anniversary

Lifeboats News Release

Weymouth RNLI lifeboat station is lucky to have volunteers other than the brave lifeboat crews.

Sid Payne holding a copy of his book; Five years in the life of a lifeboat station 2014-2019

RNLI/Ken Francis

Sid Payne

One of those dedicated volunteers is retired Fire Officer Sid Payne.

Sid who runs conducted tours of Weymouth all-weather lifeboat on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings is also a budding author.

Since retiring to Weymouth 5 years ago Sid has been collecting information about Weymouth lifeboats and other related stories and has now just published a book for the stations 150th anniversary.

Priced at just £10, the idea is to raise funds for the station with 100% of the profit going to the RNLI.

The book titled "Five years in the life of a lifeboat station2014-2019" covers all aspects of the world surrounding Weymouth harbour with regard to the work of the RNLI. The shouts, lifeboats, training and fund raising. Other lifeboats old and new, visiting or just passing through, some on pre-commissioning or sea trials. There is also a bit of history thrown in for good measure.

The book is available to buy at the RNLI shop attached to the lifeboat station on Nothe Parade which is open from 10.30am to 4pm daily. It is also on sale at The Ruan Thai restaurant,6 Bond St., Books Afloat, 66 Park St., the Library Harbour Cafe, 5 Trinity Rd..

Sid said that The Print Team, Unit 21 Mereside, Portland, had printed the book and also made a donation to the fund and he would like to thank them and the other companies for their help in preparing and selling the book on behalf of the RNLI.

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