Piper-joins-RNLI-Angle-lifeboat-in-homage-to-D-Day-veterans

Byline: A young piper, on a 1,000 mile coastal journey in homage to the veterans of the Normandy campaign 70 years ago next month, was welcomed to RNLI Angle lifeboat station on Thursday (15 May).
Page Content: Karl Wainwright, who is 23 and
from Liverpool, is raising awareness of the charity
D-Day Revisited, whose main objective
is to fund and organise pilgrimages for Normandy veterans to revisit the
beaches and surrounding areas where they fought, and to pay tribute to those
they left behind in 1944.


The piper, who was accompanied by Eamonn Cowan, of D-Day Revisited, was
heading for a series of special events at Pembroke Dock.
And, after piping Coxswain Lewis Creese and his crew aboard, he
travelled in their RNLI Tamar class all-weather lifeboat Mark Mason up the Milford Haven Waterway to the Dockyard town.
Karl began his Millin-Montgomery
voyage at Fort William, in Scotland, where he was seen off by John Millin, son
of the famous D-Day piper Bill Millin.
Karl’s bagpipes are a replica of those
played by Bill, of 4 Commando Brigade, at the D-Day landings on 6 June, 1944,
at Sword Beach. Bill was personal piper to his commanding officer Lord Lovat,
who ordered him to play the pipes as a morale booster as they came under
intense fire.
Karl sailed in a Coastguard cutter,
private yacht, the Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS
Tracker
. Stena ferries and a catamaran, as his journey took him from
Scotland to Northern Ireland and Wales.
From Pembroke Dock he was calling at
ports in the West Country and the South Coast, before arriving at Portsmouth
for the crossing to Normandy early in June with over 60 D-Day veterans and their
families.
Karl has been playing the pipes since
the age of 11 and in a few months will be embarking on an Army career with the
Black Watch.
RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone
Ted Goddard, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Angle, on 01437 763675 or
Danielle Rush, Public Relations Manager (Wales & the West) on 07786668829
or 01745585162 or by email: danielle_rush@rnli.org.uk or RNLI Public Relations
on 01202336789

Byline: A young piper, on a 1,000 mile coastal journey in homage to the veterans of the Normandy campaign 70 years ago next month, was welcomed to RNLI Angle lifeboat station on Thursday (15 May).
Page Content: Karl Wainwright, who is 23 and from Liverpool, is raising awareness of the charity D-Day Revisited, whose main objective is to fund and organise pilgrimages for Normandy veterans to revisit the beaches and surrounding areas where they fought, and to pay tribute to those they left behind in 1944.

The piper, who was accompanied by Eamonn Cowan, of D-Day Revisited, was heading for a series of special events at Pembroke Dock.

And, after piping Coxswain Lewis Creese and his crew aboard, he travelled in their RNLI Tamar class all-weather lifeboat Mark Mason up the Milford Haven Waterway to the Dockyard town.

Karl began his Millin-Montgomery voyage at Fort William, in Scotland, where he was seen off by John Millin, son of the famous D-Day piper Bill Millin.

Karl’s bagpipes are a replica of those played by Bill, of 4 Commando Brigade, at the D-Day landings on 6 June, 1944, at Sword Beach. Bill was personal piper to his commanding officer Lord Lovat, who ordered him to play the pipes as a morale booster as they came under intense fire.

Karl sailed in a Coastguard cutter, private yacht, the Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS Tracker. Stena ferries and a catamaran, as his journey took him from Scotland to Northern Ireland and Wales.

From Pembroke Dock he was calling at ports in the West Country and the South Coast, before arriving at Portsmouth for the crossing to Normandy early in June with over 60 D-Day veterans and their families.

Karl has been playing the pipes since the age of 11 and in a few months will be embarking on an Army career with the Black Watch.

RNLI media contacts:  For more information please telephone Ted Goddard, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Angle, on 01437 763675 or Danielle Rush, Public Relations Manager (Wales & the West) on 07786668829 or 01745585162 or by email: danielle_rush@rnli.org.uk or RNLI Public Relations on 01202336789