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Byline: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution today celebrated bringing all-weather lifeboat building in-house, for the first time in the charity’s 191-year history, by officially opening its All-weather Lifeboat Centre (ALC) in Poole, Dorset.
Page Content: The ALC was commissioned by RNLI trustees to meet future all-weather lifeboat supply. Its completion will secure a supply of all-weather lifeboats (ALBs) for future generations of lifesavers, produce 90 new jobs in the local area and is expected to save the charity in excess of £3m a year once the facility is fully up and running.

The event itself saw over 500 people attend with two of the RNLI’s youngest fully qualified crew members, John McDermid (17) from Arranmore and Caryl Jones (20) from Porthdinllaen, ringing a bell as the doors of the ALC rose for the first official time. These bells will be rung every time a newly built ALB is launched.

Phil Coulter’s Lifeboat Anthem ‘Home from the Sea’ played to mark the occasion and RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier addressed the gathering saying:

‘Since the turn of the century, the RNLI HQ site has changed beyond recognition. We built the RNLI College – for the training and accommodation of our lifesavers. We built a support centre to store and supply the many parts and materials we need to keep the charity going. And we unveiled a memorial dedicated to all those who lost their own lives at sea, while trying to save others.

People pass that memorial every day and see the motto of our founder, Sir William Hillary: ‘With courage, nothing is impossible.’ And that’s hugely appropriate when you think of the courage that our lifeboat crews and lifeguards show – the people who brave the worst of conditions to save lives.’

He added: ‘The All-weather Lifeboat Centre is an investment in lifesaving for generations to come and craft that will be built and maintained in this centre will safely bring them home from the sea, back to their loved ones.’

In contrast to celebrating new beginnings at the ALC, 12 VIPs from the Lifeboat Enthusiasts’ Society attended the event and were invited to a small private ceremony afterwards where they were presented with a special Vellum as a way of recognition for their support and commitment over the last 50 years.

The award also recognised their funding of the new RNLI Archive and Library which allows the RNLI to properly preserve historical documents and books. Lifeboat Enthusiasts’ member, Peter Woolhouse  said: ‘We’re delighted to have been presented this vellum to mark the new library and honoured to have been recognised for our work.’

Paul Boissier said: ‘The Lifeboat Enthusiasts have worked with our archive to preserve the history of the RNLI for our successor. They’ve shown tremendous enthusiasm for this painstaking work and I’m incredibly grateful. We all contribute to saving lives at sea in different ways, and the Enthusiasts are the guardians of the RNLI’s heritage.’
 
Celebrations about what the RNLI has achieved so far and its future as a lifesaving charity will continue over the weekend when the RNLI will host its Open Weekend. The RNLI’s 2015 Open Weekend will give everyone a rare opportunity to tour the world-class boatbuilding factory, and the charity’s unique training facilities – the Sea Survival Centre and RNLI College. Visitors can meet the RNLI people who crew the lifeboats, who lifeguard the beaches and who work locally and globally to reduce coastal fatalities.

There will be a suggested donation of £2 for visitors and doors will open from 10am-5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Notes for Editor
Photographs from the official opening are attached. Please credit Tony Roddam

 RNLI media contacts.
For more information please contact RNLI Press office Tel: 01202 336789 email pressoffice@rnli.org.uk

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Byline: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution today celebrated bringing all-weather lifeboat building in-house, for the first time in the charity’s 191-year history, by officially opening its All-weather Lifeboat Centre (ALC) in Poole, Dorset.
Page Content: The ALC was commissioned by RNLI trustees to meet future all-weather lifeboat supply. Its completion will secure a supply of all-weather lifeboats (ALBs) for future generations of lifesavers, produce 90 new jobs in the local area and is expected to save the charity in excess of £3m a year once the facility is fully up and running.

The event itself saw over 500 people attend with two of the RNLI’s youngest fully qualified crew members, John McDermid (17) from Arranmore and Caryl Jones (20) from Porthdinllaen, ringing a bell as the doors of the ALC rose for the first official time. These bells will be rung every time a newly built ALB is launched.

Phil Coulter’s Lifeboat Anthem ‘Home from the Sea’ played to mark the occasion and RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier addressed the gathering saying:

‘Since the turn of the century, the RNLI HQ site has changed beyond recognition. We built the RNLI College – for the training and accommodation of our lifesavers. We built a support centre to store and supply the many parts and materials we need to keep the charity going. And we unveiled a memorial dedicated to all those who lost their own lives at sea, while trying to save others.

People pass that memorial every day and see the motto of our founder, Sir William Hillary: ‘With courage, nothing is impossible.’ And that’s hugely appropriate when you think of the courage that our lifeboat crews and lifeguards show – the people who brave the worst of conditions to save lives.’

He added: ‘The All-weather Lifeboat Centre is an investment in lifesaving for generations to come and craft that will be built and maintained in this centre will safely bring them home from the sea, back to their loved ones.’

In contrast to celebrating new beginnings at the ALC, 12 VIPs from the Lifeboat Enthusiasts’ Society attended the event and were invited to a small private ceremony afterwards where they were presented with a special Vellum as a way of recognition for their support and commitment over the last 50 years.

The award also recognised their funding of the new RNLI Archive and Library which allows the RNLI to properly preserve historical documents and books. Lifeboat Enthusiasts’ member, Peter Woolhouse  said: ‘We’re delighted to have been presented this vellum to mark the new library and honoured to have been recognised for our work.’

Paul Boissier said: ‘The Lifeboat Enthusiasts have worked with our archive to preserve the history of the RNLI for our successor. They’ve shown tremendous enthusiasm for this painstaking work and I’m incredibly grateful. We all contribute to saving lives at sea in different ways, and the Enthusiasts are the guardians of the RNLI’s heritage.’
 
Celebrations about what the RNLI has achieved so far and its future as a lifesaving charity will continue over the weekend when the RNLI will host its Open Weekend. The RNLI’s 2015 Open Weekend will give everyone a rare opportunity to tour the world-class boatbuilding factory, and the charity’s unique training facilities – the Sea Survival Centre and RNLI College. Visitors can meet the RNLI people who crew the lifeboats, who lifeguard the beaches and who work locally and globally to reduce coastal fatalities.

There will be a suggested donation of £2 for visitors and doors will open from 10am-5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.


Notes for Editor
Photographs from the official opening are attached. Please credit Tony Roddam

 RNLI media contacts.
For more information please contact RNLI Press office Tel: 01202 336789 email pressoffice@rnli.org.uk

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