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Byline: A history-making parade of five veteran all weather lifeboats was one of the highlights of RNLI Angle’s open day on Saturday (August 9).
Page Content: And for one of the lifeboats it was a poignant return to the Milford Haven Waterway. The Watson class lifeboat Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds served at Angle from 1957 to 1987. She is now privately owned and has been painstakingly restored to her former glory.

There was a steady flow of visitors to the open day. They were able to meet crew members, tour the £1.2m boathouse, with its spectacular views over the Milford Haven Waterway, and board the £2.6m all weather state-of-the art Tamar class lifeboat Peter and Lesley-Jane Nicholson. She is on relief duty at Angle while the station’s Tamar Mark Mason undergoes modifications.

Also attracting a great deal of interest was the D class inshore lifeboat Richard John Talbot Hillier.

Visitors were welcomed by Lifeboat Operations Manager John Allen-Mirehouse and Coxswain Lewis Creese., and Welsh cakes, tea and coffee were served by Pembroke Ladies Lifeboat Guild members. They were Rosie Allen-Mirehouse (Guild president and RNLI Angle deputy launching authority), Daphne Bush (Guild chairman and press officer) and Emma Geear.

After the open day a number of visitors returned to the boathouse to see the Tamar launched to join the parade of historic lifeboats.

Among the volunteer crew members on board the Tamar was Second Coxswain Danny Richards, who has served in three of Angle’s own lifeboats – the Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds; her successor, the Tyne class The Lady Rank (1987 to 2008), and the present Tamar class Mark Mason, as well as relief lifeboats based at the station.

The oldest lifeboat in the parade was the Liverpool class The Always Ready, which was built in 1933 and served at the Runswick station, North Yorkshire, until 1954. Another Liverpool class lifeboat was The Chieftain, built in 1948 and on station at Barmouth from 1949 to 1982.

There were two Watson class lifeboats on display – the ex-Angle lifeboat Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds, which had also served at Wicklow from 1987 to 1988, and the Pentland, which was at Thurso, Scotland, from 1957 to 1970, The Mumbles from 1974 to 1985, and Workington, Cumbria, from 1986 to 1990.

The fifth on parade was the Tyne class Mary Irene Millar, built in 1989 and serving at Portpatrick, Scotland, up to 2011.

All the former lifeboats are privately owned and based in the Portishead and Bristol areas.

This year’s open day coincided with Angle Regatta and the Tamar led the veteran lifeboats into Angle Bay to the delight of the crowds lining the shore outside the Old Point House.

RNLI Angle has been saving lives at sea since 1868, when the first lifeboat Katherine – donated by the Bradford philanthropist Titus Salt – went into service.

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RNLI history spanning over 80 years: Angle’s Tamar class relief all weather lifeboat Peter and Lesley Jane Nicholson (left) joins the parade of veteran lifeboats. They are (left to right):the Tyne class Mary Irene Millar; the Watson class Pentland and Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds, and the Liverpool class The Chieftain and The Always Ready.
Picture: RNLI Angle.

These all weather lifeboats represent the three classes of slipway launched lifeboats which have served at RNLI Angle. Left to right are the Tyne, Tamar and Watson.
Photo: RNLI Angle.

RNLI Angle’s Tamar class lifeboat launches to join the open day parade of veteran lifeboats.
Picture: RNLI Angle.

The former Angle Watson class all weather lifeboat, Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds.
Photo: RNLI Angle.

The Liverpool class all weather lifeboat The Always Ready.
Photo: RNLI Angle.

The Liverpool class all weather lifeboat The Chieftain.
Photo: RNLI Angle.

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 history-making parade of five veteran all weather lifeboats was one of the highlights of RNLI Angle’s open day on Saturday (August 9).
Page Content: And for one of the lifeboats it was a poignant return to the Milford Haven Waterway. The Watson class lifeboat Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds served at Angle from 1957 to 1987. She is now privately owned and has been painstakingly restored to her former glory.

There was a steady flow of visitors to the open day. They were able to meet crew members, tour the £1.2m boathouse, with its spectacular views over the Milford Haven Waterway, and board the £2.6m all weather state-of-the art Tamar class lifeboat Peter and Lesley-Jane Nicholson. She is on relief duty at Angle while the station’s Tamar Mark Mason undergoes modifications.

Also attracting a great deal of interest was the D class inshore lifeboat Richard John Talbot Hillier.

Visitors were welcomed by Lifeboat Operations Manager John Allen-Mirehouse and Coxswain Lewis Creese., and Welsh cakes, tea and coffee were served by Pembroke Ladies Lifeboat Guild members. They were Rosie Allen-Mirehouse (Guild president and RNLI Angle deputy launching authority), Daphne Bush (Guild chairman and press officer) and Emma Geear.

After the open day a number of visitors returned to the boathouse to see the Tamar launched to join the parade of historic lifeboats.

Among the volunteer crew members on board the Tamar was Second Coxswain Danny Richards, who has served in three of Angle’s own lifeboats – the Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds; her successor, the Tyne class The Lady Rank (1987 to 2008), and the present Tamar class Mark Mason, as well as relief lifeboats based at the station.

The oldest lifeboat in the parade was the Liverpool class The Always Ready, which was built in 1933 and served at the Runswick station, North Yorkshire, until 1954. Another Liverpool class lifeboat was The Chieftain, built in 1948 and on station at Barmouth from 1949 to 1982.

There were two Watson class lifeboats on display – the ex-Angle lifeboat Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds, which had also served at Wicklow from 1987 to 1988, and the Pentland, which was at Thurso, Scotland, from 1957 to 1970, The Mumbles from 1974 to 1985, and Workington, Cumbria, from 1986 to 1990.

The fifth on parade was the Tyne class Mary Irene Millar, built in 1989 and serving at Portpatrick, Scotland, up to 2011.

All the former lifeboats are privately owned and based in the Portishead and Bristol areas.

This year’s open day coincided with Angle Regatta and the Tamar led the veteran lifeboats into Angle Bay to the delight of the crowds lining the shore outside the Old Point House.

RNLI Angle has been saving lives at sea since 1868, when the first lifeboat Katherine - donated by the Bradford philanthropist Titus Salt - went into service.

Note to editors

CAPTIONS

RNLI history spanning over 80 years: Angle’s Tamar class relief all weather lifeboat Peter and Lesley Jane Nicholson (left) joins the parade of veteran lifeboats. They are (left to right):the Tyne class Mary Irene Millar; the Watson class Pentland and Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds, and the Liverpool class The Chieftain and The Always Ready.
Picture: RNLI Angle.

These all weather lifeboats represent the three classes of slipway launched lifeboats which have served at RNLI Angle. Left to right are the Tyne, Tamar and Watson.
Photo: RNLI Angle.

RNLI Angle’s Tamar class lifeboat launches to join the open day parade of veteran lifeboats.
Picture: RNLI Angle.

The former Angle Watson class all weather lifeboat, Richard Vernon and Mary Garforth of Leeds.
Photo: RNLI Angle.

The Liverpool class all weather lifeboat The Always Ready.
Photo: RNLI Angle.

The Liverpool class all weather lifeboat The Chieftain.
Photo: RNLI Angle.


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