RNLI-Lytham-St-Annes-sends-fourth-Queen-to-Cunards-175th-birthday-spectacular

Byline: Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May, saw a fourth Queen, RNLI Lytham St Annes all-weather lifeboat Her Majesty the Queen join the three Cunard Queens on the River Mersey during Cunards 175th birthday celebrations.
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The
fourth Queen on the river is their all-weather Mersey class lifeboat
Her
Majesty the Queen
that
has
been in RNLI service since 1993 and named by Her Majesty and funded
by officers and staff of the Police service. She has been in service
at Lytham since 1999 and she’s a bit lighter and smaller at 12 metres
than Cunard the 92,000 tonne 292 metre Queen Elizabeth the second
largest in Cunards fleet.

She
was one of the RNLI ‘s three lifeboat escort and formed part of the
cortège of three magnificent Cunard Liners as they sailed
majestically down over one million people at the event followed by
millions more on TV and other media worldwide.

The
Her
Majesty the Queen
was
joined on the river by
Hoylake’s
Shannon class all-weather lifeboat 13-06 Edmund
Hawthorn Micklewood
and
New
Brighton’s inshore lifeboat B-837 Charles
Dibdin
. Although
forming part of the escort they were also on standby should their
services be called upon. With unprecedented crowds visiting the event
their was a significant risk that someone would end up in the water.

In
addition RNLI Lifeguards were on duty safeguarding the vast crowds on
the Wirral and Crosby shores endeavouring to minimise the dangers of
people going into the water, being cut off by the incoming tide or
stuck in extensive areas of mud or soft sand.

Supporting the
lifeguards New Brighton’s hovercraft H-007
Samburgh was
patrolling the area between New Brighton and Seacombe on the Wirral
bank helping police the sands and groynes to keep people safe from
getting stuck in mud or by the incoming tide, prevention being better
rescue.

Cheering
crowds thronged both banks of the River Mersey as the Queen
Elizabeth

led the parade
escorted
by
the
Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood followed
by Queen
Victoria
by
the
Her Majesty the Queen as escort and
finally Cunard’s 150,000 ton flagship
Queen Mary 2
by the Charles
Dibdin
sailed
into port with horns sounding. After passing Liverpool’s Pier Head
they proceeded to do their choreographed synchronised ‘river dance’
against the backdrop of the Three Graces, a world heritage site which
includes the Cunard Building, the company’s headquarters from
1916-1967 and topped off overhead when the Red Arrows when they flew
over.

Cunard’s
fleet of three Queens were the biggest ships ever to sail in
formation down the Mersey. Liverpool is the companies spiritual home
where they began back in 1840 and the history of Liverpool and Cunard
have been closely linked ever since.

After
the event the RNLI lifeguards reported that there were many thousands
of people on the beaches of Wirral and Crosby. They took preventative
action keeping the sandbanks areas and groynes safe by escorting
people to safe ground before the tide was came in. On the beaches
they were involved in providing information, advice plus providing
first aid in two serious cases, dealing with reports of missing
persons and responding along with the hovercraft to a potential mud
rescue.

Lytham
crewmember Andy Hall on board of Her
Majesty the Queen
commented “It
felt like a moment in history as we sailed down the side of the
Queens. It was quite an experience with the Queen
Victoria
towering above us and thousands of people waving and cheering as we
reached the Pier Head followed by the spectacle of the ‘river dance’
and flypast by the Red Arrows”

He
added ‘My arms are still aching from all the waving!’

END

Notes
to Editors

RNLI
Media Contacts


For
more information please contact Bob Warwick, RNLI New Brighton
Volunteer Press Officer on mobile 0784 765 8922 – email
bob.warwick@ntlworld.com or Alison Levett, RNLI Media Relations
Manager North on 07786 668912

Byline: Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May, saw a fourth Queen, RNLI Lytham St Annes all-weather lifeboat Her Majesty the Queen join the three Cunard Queens on the River Mersey during Cunards 175th birthday celebrations.
Page Content: The fourth Queen on the river is their all-weather Mersey class lifeboat Her Majesty the Queen that has been in RNLI service since 1993 and named by Her Majesty and funded by officers and staff of the Police service. She has been in service at Lytham since 1999 and she's a bit lighter and smaller at 12 metres than Cunard the 92,000 tonne 292 metre Queen Elizabeth the second largest in Cunards fleet.

She was one of the RNLI 's three lifeboat escort and formed part of the cortège of three magnificent Cunard Liners as they sailed majestically down over one million people at the event followed by millions more on TV and other media worldwide.

The Her Majesty the Queen was joined on the river by Hoylake's Shannon class all-weather lifeboat 13-06 Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood and New Brighton’s inshore lifeboat B-837 Charles Dibdin. Although forming part of the escort they were also on standby should their services be called upon. With unprecedented crowds visiting the event their was a significant risk that someone would end up in the water.

In addition RNLI Lifeguards were on duty safeguarding the vast crowds on the Wirral and Crosby shores endeavouring to minimise the dangers of people going into the water, being cut off by the incoming tide or stuck in extensive areas of mud or soft sand.

Supporting the lifeguards New Brighton's hovercraft H-007 Samburgh was patrolling the area between New Brighton and Seacombe on the Wirral bank helping police the sands and groynes to keep people safe from getting stuck in mud or by the incoming tide, prevention being better rescue.

Cheering crowds thronged both banks of the River Mersey as the Queen Elizabeth led the parade escorted by the Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood followed by Queen Victoria by the Her Majesty the Queen as escort and finally Cunard's 150,000 ton flagship Queen Mary 2 by the Charles Dibdin sailed into port with horns sounding. After passing Liverpool's Pier Head they proceeded to do their choreographed synchronised 'river dance' against the backdrop of the Three Graces, a world heritage site which includes the Cunard Building, the company’s headquarters from 1916-1967 and topped off overhead when the Red Arrows when they flew over.

Cunard’s fleet of three Queens were the biggest ships ever to sail in formation down the Mersey. Liverpool is the companies spiritual home where they began back in 1840 and the history of Liverpool and Cunard have been closely linked ever since.

After the event the RNLI lifeguards reported that there were many thousands of people on the beaches of Wirral and Crosby. They took preventative action keeping the sandbanks areas and groynes safe by escorting people to safe ground before the tide was came in. On the beaches they were involved in providing information, advice plus providing first aid in two serious cases, dealing with reports of missing persons and responding along with the hovercraft to a potential mud rescue.

Lytham crewmember Andy Hall on board of Her Majesty the Queen commented “It felt like a moment in history as we sailed down the side of the Queens. It was quite an experience with the Queen Victoria towering above us and thousands of people waving and cheering as we reached the Pier Head followed by the spectacle of the 'river dance' and flypast by the Red Arrows”

He added 'My arms are still aching from all the waving!'

END

Notes to Editors

RNLI Media Contacts
For more information please contact Bob Warwick, RNLI New Brighton Volunteer Press Officer on mobile 0784 765 8922 - email bob.warwick@ntlworld.com or Alison Levett, RNLI Media Relations Manager North on 07786 668912