Naming ceremony and dedication of Craster RNLI Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 12 October 2019 Craster RNLI held their lifeboat naming ceremony during a day of beautiful weather.

Mark Mowbray

Crew photo with Eddie Grey one of the first crew members

Craster's new D-Class lifeboat was from the legacy of a Charles B Campbell's will and - SKPR James Ballard RNVR DSC D-839.

The lifeboat was named after a gentleman that was a Skipper of a Armoured trawler during WW I who captured German sailors off the north east coast of Scotland.

The event wasn't just about the naming of the lifeboat it was also the dedication of the first lifeboat to be placed on service at Craster in August 1969.

RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager, Ben Mitchell also made a couple of presentations. Firstly to the station's Lifeboat Operations Manager, Kevin Brown for 40 years dedication to the RNLI. Having first served as a crew member then becoming Lifeboat operations Manager in 1989.

Secondly there were dedications to former crew members and fundraising committee members to commend their years of hard work helping the station raise vital funds. This helped provide the station with training equipment to help train the crew. Without such support, the station would not have been able to continue training new crew to help save lives at sea.

Craster RNLI would like to say 'thank you' to the events team, lifeboat crew, the Management group and to all the volunteer personnel at the lifeboat station for making it such a 'fantastic day'.

'Thanks' must also go to everyone who made the day possible and to the guys from neampr for taking all the 'brilliant' pictures.

RNLI Photo credits
Photos by Andy Cowan, Andrew Mounsey and Mark Mowbray from NEAMPR.

RNLI Media contacts
For further information contact, Matty Bolam Volunteer Lifeboat press officer:
matty_bolam@rnli.org.uk /07736314401.



Mark Mowbray

Craster lifeboat heading towards harbor

Mark Mowbray

Ben Mitchell addressing the audience

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