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Two Port Talbot RNLI generations unite to remember the fallen

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI volunteer veteran Ron Jones and future crew member Ethan Matthews were joint flag bearers paying their respects to the fallen.

Veteran and future stand side by side lest we forget

RNLI/Ceri Jeffreys

Generations united in Remembrance

On Sunday, Port Talbot RNLI crew attended the cenotaph at Talbot Memorial Park.

Clive Morris, Port Talbot Lifeboat Operations Manager, said:

'It was a time to lay wreaths and pay respect for the fallen in both World Wars and other conflicts that our military personnel have been deployed too.

'Today also saw the next generation of lifeboat crew being taught the importance of being a flag-bearer. Ron Jones guided Ethan Matthews in this role. It was very moving to see two generations coming together to remember the fallen.

Port Talbot RNLI is proud of Ethan and all the crew who work together saving lives at sea and keeping people safe.'

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