Burnham-on-Sea RNLI remembers war dead

Lifeboats News Release

The existence of Covid 19 made the usual acts of remembrance unsafe

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI LOM Matt Davies and Boathouse Manager Dave Parsons laying the station's wreath at the cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday

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Burnham-on-Sea RNLI LOM Matt Davies and Boathouse Manager Dave Parsons laying the station's wreath at the cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday

Hence, Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers elected to honour the act of remembrance in a private ceremony at their Lifeboat station.

At 10.30 am, Lifeboat Operations manager Matt Davies and Boathouse manager Dave Parsons, jointly laid a wreath on the Burnham-on-Sea Cenotaph, before returning to the lifeboat station for the act of remembrance.

The volunteer crews had been out training, returning especially early, and 11.00 am saw them gathered, in a socially distant group around the RNLI flag pole. The beginning of the two minute silence was marked by Julie Baker (Wife of launch Authority Lyndon), playing ‘The last Post’ on a clarinet. During the silence the RNLI flag was lowered to half-mast, and the end of the silence marked by Julie playing ‘Reveille’.

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Chairman Ashley Edwards said; ‘We felt it especially important to remember the sacrifices made by our armed forces, and the splendid peacetime efforts from our wonderful NHS workers. Additionally we should not forget the wartime support from RNLI volunteers, who saved many lives in extremely challenging wartime conditions.’

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Burnham-on-Sea RNLI LOM Matt Davies and Boathouse Manager Dave Parsons laying the station's wreath at the cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday

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Crewmembers assembled in the station yard

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Crewmembers assembled in the station yard

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Julie Baker plays the ‘last post’ to mark the beginning of the two minute's silence

Lifeboats in service at Burnham-on-Sea:

A 7.5m Atlantic 75 named Doris Day and Brian plus a smaller 4.95m D class IB1 inflatable named Burnham Reach The station was opened officially on 15th May 2004, but has been operational since December 2003.

Note: Last year the RNLI was facing a ‘perfect storm’, with a reduced income and an increase in demand for it’s services. This year, in the midst of a global pandemic, fundraising has been severely reduced by a national lockdown, yet the lifeboats have still been launched 24/7 in their strategy to save lives at sea.

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Crewmembers assembled in the station yard

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Crewmembers assembled in the station yard
Crewmembers assembled in the station yard

RNLI/Mike Lang

Crewmembers assembled in the station yard
Julie Baker plays 'the last post' on her clarinet

RNLI/Mike Lang

Julie Baker plays 'the last post' on her clarinet

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