Rhyl-Lifeboat-1853–Disaster-memorial-unveiled-and-dedicated

Byline: A service of dedication, and official unveiling, of a memorial to 6 crewmen from the Rhyl lifeboat “Gwylan -Y-Mor”, who perished on service, was held in brilliant sunshine on Rhyl promenade on Sunday 22 September 2013.
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Some members of Rhyl lifeboat’s present crew had wondered why there was no permanent memorial at Rhyl to commemorate the disaster, even though the names of the crew who drowned are engraved on the RNLI memorial outside the Lifeboat College in Poole, Dorset.

 They therefore privately decided to get sponsorship to erect a memorial on the promenade opposite the SeaQuarium. Due to the generosity of local businesses; the local town council; and a sponsored row from Rhyl to Llandudno and back, they were able to oversee the construction of the  project, using ideas from students at Rhyl College, and local sculptor Mike Owens, who built the memorial with hardwood and local resources.

The service to unveil the memorial was conducted by the new vicar of Rhyl, Rev Andy Grimwood, and the plaque in front of the memorial was unveiled by Lady Langford, patron of the group.

The ceremony was attended by Chris Ruane MP; Ann Jones AM, Jeanette Chamberlain-Jones (Denbighshire Council chair), and the town Mayor Andy Rutherford, and other officials from local RNLI fundraising volunteers; retired  lifeboat crew; coastguard; and sea cadets. Over 200 people attended the ceremony and were treated to tea and refreshments back at the station afterwards, and a tour of the present All-weather lifeboat.

Present Coxswain Martin Jones, welcomed everyone to the day. The vicar of Rhyl then conducted a short service, and then previous Coxswain Peter Robinson (whose son Callum organised and oversaw the event), opened the proceedings with a description of the events leading to the disaster. He then invited Lady Langford to unveil the plaque. She said she was proud to be part of the proceedings and then pulled the cord to unveil the plaque.

The memorial will stand proud on Rhyl promenade as a tribute to the brave and dedicated lifeboat crew who perished trying to save lives off the North Wales Coast in 1853. It is also a testament to the present crew members who independantly decided to undertake the project by their own efforts. 

The attached photos show the memorial; Lady Langford unveiling the plaque, and a close-up of the plaque.

Rhyl RNLI volunteers currently operate an Inshore lifeboat as well as an All-weather lifeboat at Rhyl. They are consistently one of the busiest stations in Wales and have so far been called to 96 incidents this year, seeing a marked increase in callouts for the All-Weather boat, which has seen their busiest year since the present Mersey-Class lifeboat arrived in 1992.

 

Further information can be obtained from Rhyl Press Officer Paul Frost on 07894 105165.

Byline: A service of dedication, and official unveiling, of a memorial to 6 crewmen from the Rhyl lifeboat "Gwylan -Y-Mor", who perished on service, was held in brilliant sunshine on Rhyl promenade on Sunday 22 September 2013.
Page Content:

Some members of Rhyl lifeboat's present crew had wondered why there was no permanent memorial at Rhyl to commemorate the disaster, even though the names of the crew who drowned are engraved on the RNLI memorial outside the Lifeboat College in Poole, Dorset.

 They therefore privately decided to get sponsorship to erect a memorial on the promenade opposite the SeaQuarium. Due to the generosity of local businesses; the local town council; and a sponsored row from Rhyl to Llandudno and back, they were able to oversee the construction of the  project, using ideas from students at Rhyl College, and local sculptor Mike Owens, who built the memorial with hardwood and local resources.

The service to unveil the memorial was conducted by the new vicar of Rhyl, Rev Andy Grimwood, and the plaque in front of the memorial was unveiled by Lady Langford, patron of the group.

The ceremony was attended by Chris Ruane MP; Ann Jones AM, Jeanette Chamberlain-Jones (Denbighshire Council chair), and the town Mayor Andy Rutherford, and other officials from local RNLI fundraising volunteers; retired  lifeboat crew; coastguard; and sea cadets. Over 200 people attended the ceremony and were treated to tea and refreshments back at the station afterwards, and a tour of the present All-weather lifeboat.

Present Coxswain Martin Jones, welcomed everyone to the day. The vicar of Rhyl then conducted a short service, and then previous Coxswain Peter Robinson (whose son Callum organised and oversaw the event), opened the proceedings with a description of the events leading to the disaster. He then invited Lady Langford to unveil the plaque. She said she was proud to be part of the proceedings and then pulled the cord to unveil the plaque.

The memorial will stand proud on Rhyl promenade as a tribute to the brave and dedicated lifeboat crew who perished trying to save lives off the North Wales Coast in 1853. It is also a testament to the present crew members who independantly decided to undertake the project by their own efforts. 

The attached photos show the memorial; Lady Langford unveiling the plaque, and a close-up of the plaque.

Rhyl RNLI volunteers currently operate an Inshore lifeboat as well as an All-weather lifeboat at Rhyl. They are consistently one of the busiest stations in Wales and have so far been called to 96 incidents this year, seeing a marked increase in callouts for the All-Weather boat, which has seen their busiest year since the present Mersey-Class lifeboat arrived in 1992.

 

Further information can be obtained from Rhyl Press Officer Paul Frost on 07894 105165.