The High Sheriff of Lancashire visits Lytham St Annes RNLI Lifeboat

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Volunteers at the Lifeboat Station were honoured with a visit by Her Majesty the Queen’s representative Anthony Attard OBE DL, The High Sheriff of Lancashire and his wife Mrs Pat Attard on the night of 7th March 2019

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The High Sheriff of Lancashire and tractor driver Roy Black at Lytham St Annes Lifeboat Station

The High Sheriff was welcomed at the RNLI All-weather Lifeboat House on South Promenade by Station Branch Chairman Richard Freeman and Lifeboat Operations Manager Peter Whalley. Mr and Mrs Attard were shown all round the boathouse and the viewing gallery museum display. Tractor driver Roy Black then described the SLRS launching system (combined tractor and carriage) used to carry the lifeboat across the beach to launch into the sea and crew member Chris Penrice showed Mr and Mrs Attard the station’s Shannon class All-weather lifeboat Barbara Anne. This was followed by a short film presentation on the RNLI and the Lytham St Annes Station.

The couple, who are keen sailors, were impressed with the charity’s Hi-tech vessel and equipment as well as the commitment of the volunteer crew. At the time of the visit the crew were busy in the crew room refreshing their Casualty Care skills with an Instructor from RNLI HQ.

Richard Freeman, Station Chairman, said after the High Sheriff and Mrs Attard had left, “It was an honour for the Station and the volunteers to be visited by the High Sheriff and a pleasure to see Mrs Attard accompanying her husband.”

The post of High Sheriff has roots going back to Saxon times and he, or she, is personally appointed by Her Majesty the Queen in her right as the Duke of Lancaster.

Two men, one in uniform, inside a lifeboat with electronic equipment behind them

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The High Sheriff with Chris Penrice aboard the Shannon class lifeboat

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