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Shoreham Lifeboat Station to Host Book Launch

Lifeboats News Release

On the 23 August at 3:30pm, Shoreham lifeboat station will be hosting the official launch of Patricia Keegan’s new book The Lady and the Legacy, Enid Collett Lifeboat.

The Enid Collett ALB and Her Volunteer Crew

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The Enid Collett ALB and Her Volunteer Crew

In her new 90-page book, Keegan documents the interesting life story of her friend Enid Collett and the legacy she left behind at Shoreham RNLI lifeboat station in the form of their Tamar class all-weather lifeboat (ALB), the Enid Collett lifeboat.

Enid Collett’s journey began humbly as the daughter of a farmer from Huntingdonshire but at aged 18 her life changed course dramatically as she began forging a career in theatre. After taking a job as a personal assistant to the owner of the Festival Theatre in Cambridge, Collett’s career took off; seeing her work and travel all over the world, finding plays and actors to bring back to the UK theatre industry and eventually direct productions herself.

Patricia Keegan came to live with Enid Collett in the last few years of her life. Caring for her friend, Keegan penned her incredible life story, including Collett’s eventual decision to leave her estate to Shoreham RNLI without any previous connection to the charity, helping to fund their Tamar class ALB, in this thrilling new book.

The Enid Collett ALB has been busy saving lives at sea since she was placed on service on 10 December 2010, becoming a vital asset in the RNLI’s coverage on the South East’s coastline.

In keeping with Enid Collett’s generosity, £2 of from every sale of The Lady and the Legacy, Enid Collett Lifeboat on Amazon will be donated to the RNLI to help fund the charity’s future lifesaving services.

Notes to Editors:

RNLI Media Contacts:

Thomas Henfrey, RNLI Media Engagement Placement, London and Southeast,[email protected] 07790772665

Julie Rainey, RNLI Regional Media Manager, London and Southeast, [email protected] (07827) 358256

Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Officer, London and Southeast, [email protected], 07785 296252

For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

The Enid Collette ALB Bashing Through the Seas

RNLI/Thomas Henfrey

The Enid Collett ALB Saving Lives at Sea

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