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Retiring Lifeboat Model Gifted To Station

Lifeboats News Release

Local model boat builder Garreth Maguire gifted a model of Rhyl's current Lil Cunningham, All-Weather Lifeboat on Sunday morning.

RNLI/Callum Robinson

L-R, Paul Archer-Jones, Deputy Coxswain, Garreth Maguire and Rhyl RNLI Chair Dave Simmons
Garreth, who is a member of the Colwyn Bay Model Boat Club, attended the Rhyl Lifeboat Station during one of the volunteer crews weekly training sessions to donate his model of the current, and soon to retire Lil Cunningham.

The model of the Mersey Class All-Weather Lifeboat will be displayed in the stations crew room alongside models of all the other previous All-Weather Lifeboats Stationed at Rhyl dating back to the late 1800's.

Garreth said 'I'm currently working on some other models of lifeboats, so I needed more space at home. As a supporter of the Rhyl RNLI, rather then sell her I decided to donate the model, as it was the only model they hadn't got. I thought the best thing to do was bring Lil home to the station where she will be looked after just like the real boat'.

Paul Archer-Jones, Deputy Coxswain, who accepted the model from Garreth said 'The fantastic model will sit pride of place in our crew room. With our new Shannon Class arriving later this year, the model will remind us of the great work Lil has undertaken over the past 27 years she has been on service here at Rhyl.

RNLI/Callum Robinson

Model of Rhyl's current Lil Cunningham 12-24, Mersey Class Lifeboat.

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