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Minehead celebrates RNLI 200th anniversary

Lifeboats News Release

Ilfracombe RNLI delivers commemorative Scroll

Four people holding the RNLI Scroll

RNLI/Sam Donati

From left: Fundraising volunteer Maddy Taylor. Lifeboat Operations Manager John Higgie, shop volunteer Phil Pegg, Chairperson Richard Newton
On Saturday 20th April 2024, visitors gathered at Minehead RNLI lifeboat station for a very special commemoration- That of the RNLI's 200th anniversary

To mark the event, a commemorative scroll is making a tour of the UK and Ireland's lifeboat stations.

A series of events were planned for Saturday, including poetry readings and a book signing of local journalist Chris Rundle's new book For those in Peril, charting the history of Minehead RNLI lifeboat station since its 1901 inception.

Visitors were treated to the sight of a harbourside bedecked in colourful bunting, showcasing entries from the station's recent creative competition. Winners were selected from the hundreds of fantastic entries.

At 3.30pm a special delivery arrived- The RNLI scroll, brought over sea from neighbouring station Ilfracombe in their all-weather Shannon class lifeboat. This was signed by representatives from the fundraising team, operations, shop and Chairperson Richard Newton.

Richard commented "It's great to see so many people enjoying the sun today and coming together to mark this special event. We really are One Crew, and every part of the lifesaving team has signed the Scroll today".

The event closed with an impromptu performance by the DZ Buoys, Minehead's shanty band. Recently their singing challenge to local lifeboat stations has reached as far as Bude, and hopes to span the entire South West region.

The RNLI Scroll is delivered by Ilfracombe's Shannon lifeboat

RNLI/Sam Donati

The Scroll is delivered by an Ilfracombe crew member
Chairman Richard Newton signs the Scroll

RNLI/Sam Donati

Chairman Richard Newton signs the Scroll

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