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Naming ceremony and dedication of Bridlington RNLI Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Bridlington RNLI held their inshore-lifeboat naming ceremony on Sunday 21 August 2022.

Opening of the Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication.

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Opening of the Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication.

Bridlington’s D-Class lifeboat was officially named last Sunday after a long delay due to the covid pandemic. The D-Class lifeboat came as a result from the legacy of Mr Ernie Wellings who was originally from Wandsworth in South London before retiring to Grantham in Lincolnshire. Ernie served with the Royal Engineers during the Second World War before returning to working on the railways. Ernie had been a committed supporter of the RNLI for many years.

Bridlington RNLI volunteer crew, invited guests, family and friends gathered on a glorious afternoon at the Bridlington Lifeboat Station. The event was opened by Dave Garnett, the Bridlington Chairman of the Lifeboat Management Group, before Ernie’s niece, Linda Neal, handed the boat over to the RNLI which was accepted by Ross Barraclough, Head of Region for the North and East of the RNLI. The boat was then accepted by Chris Shaw, Lifeboat Operations Manager (Operations) and Andy Webber, duty helm on behalf of Bridlington Lifeboat Station.

The service of dedication was lead by Reverend Matthew Pollard before volunteer crew member Joff Pearson gave a reading to the gathered guests, Joff being the first person to helm the boat at Bridlington RNLI on a service call. This was followed by Steve Clark, Lifeboat Operations Manager (People and Communications) who invited Rod Orford, Ernie’s nephew, to name the lifeboat ‘Ernie Wellings’. The proceedings were brought to a close by Bob Taylor, Water Safety Officer, before the guests were given a demonstration of the boat’s capabilities when the boat was launched for a short display in front of the station.

David Garnet stated during his opening speech ‘Whatever your relationship to the RNLI, whether you’re a supporter or a volunteer, past or present, thank you so much for coming along today and for helping to save lives at sea’.

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Notes to Editors: Photos are credited to Mike Milner (Lifeboat Press Officer Bridlington).

Ernie Wellings niece Linda Neal

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Ernie Wellings niece Linda Neal
Reverend Matthew Pollard leads the service of Dedication

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Reverend Matthew Pollard leads the service of Dedication.
Family of Ernie Wellings with Reverend Matthew Pollard and Bridlington Lifeboat Ernie Wellings

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Family of Ernie Wellings with Reverend Matthew Pollard and Bridlington Lifeboat Ernie Wellings
Ernie Wellings and volunteer crew at sea after the service

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Ernie Wellings and volunteer crew at sea after the service
Family of Ernie Wellings watching the boat going through its paces at sea.

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Family of Ernie Wellings watching the boat going through its paces at sea.

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