Naming and Blessing of Southport’s New Lifeboat
District Scout Headquarters on Monday 7 May 2007 was the backdrop
for the naming and blessing of the Town’s new Lifeboat. After a
parade from the Southport Monument, with Merseyside Police and
Marshside Brass Band acting as escorts, they headed across the now
landmark bridge over the marine lake and ended at the Waterside
Lodge, where the RIB was lined up ready for the ceremony.
Attending were the
Mayor of Sefton Mr. Tommy Mann and the Mayoress Jean Lilly, the
patron of Southport Offshore Rescue Trust, Ronnie Fearn and Lady
Besides the launching of the Lifeboat, the Mark 2 Launch Vehicle was
also unveiled by the Trust. It was a rebuild from the first custom
made vehicle. This splendid restoration was done by Darren
The blessing of the boat was conducted by the Vicar of Christ
Church, The Reverend Stuart Reid and the naming ceremony was
completed by Miss Sarah Davies of Davies & Gribbin Solicitors, of
Ormskirk. She was assisted by Ella and Sam Wright, who are both two
special children in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant.
The crew then took the boat for a spin and then took out the media
to show off its features, radar and GPS systems, to name but two.
Offshore Rescue Trust said:- "We would like to thank everyone
for helping us raise the cash needed to replace our Lifeboat and
keep us afloat. We are an independent group and receive no funding
from any other organisation, and it costs round £35,000 a year for
us to operate.
thank you all for your donations, but please remember, we still need
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