LocationNews & Media » Naming Ceremony for St John Wales Lifeboat
St John Wales’ Ferryside lifeboat will be officially named at a dedication service on Saturday September 1.
The inshore lifeboat, which has answered 16 emergency calls so far this year, will be named ‘The Freemason’ after the Freemasons’ Grand Charity funded the vessel with a £50,000 donation.
St John Wales’ Prior, Dan Clayton-Jones, will officially dedicate the boat at the ceremony talking place at 4.30pm on the slipway of the Ferryside lifeboat station.
Hundreds of people are expected to attend the service including BBC Radio Wales presenter Roy Noble, who is a Trustee and Ambassador for St John Wales, the lifeboat’s crew, their families and representatives of the boat's sponsors.
The lifeboat station, which was officially opened by HRH The Duchess of Gloucester in 2010, has a 15-strong volunteer crew and eight trainees including plumbers, teachers, business consultants and radiographers.
The boat, which can carry a crew of four, is capable of speeds of up to 38 knots and is fitted with the latest Raymarine touch-screen navigational equipment.
Paul Morgans, a volunteer who runs the Ferryside Division, said: “We are enormously grateful for all of the support we have received to fund this vital lifeboat, with special thanks to the Freemasons’ Grand Charity for their generous donation.
“The volunteers at the station all play a crucial role in making the lifeboat a success and countless lives have already been saved as a result of their actions.”
The ceremony, which will be followed by a water show demonstrating the boat’s lifesaving abilities, will see Brian Hilling, Deputy Grand Master of the Province of West Wales Freemason, hand over the boat to St John Wales.
The £80,000 lifeboat responds to 999 calls under the control of HM coastguard and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
If you would like to support the lifeboat, please contact the St John Wales fundraising department on email@example.com.
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