On Saturday 21st April 2018 several members of Honley & Brockholes
Branch by invitation, attended the naming ceremony of the New Shannon class Lifeboat ‘Antony Patrick Jones’ at the new Bridlington Lifeboat Station. This station now houses the New Shannon Class, ‘D’ Class lifeboat, Lifeguards, and retail premises for RNLI souvenirs, within this magnificent new lifeboat station.
The welcome was delivered by Richard Dunk, the Chairman of the Lifeboat Station.
The Service of Dedication was by Dr John Sentamu,
The Archbishop of York, Reverend Richard Carew, Domestic Chaplain
Reverend Matthew Pollard, Lifeboat Station Chaplin.
Charles Hunter-Pease OBE, RNLI Chairman 2013-2016, accepted the lifeboat on behalf of The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and handed care to lifeboat station, Keith Turnbull, Operations Manager, who accepted it into care on behalf of Bridlington lifeboat station.
Jackie Powell and Laura Milburn, the family of Antony Patrick Jones, named the lifeboat whilst Coxswain’s christened the boat with champagne.
The new lifeboat arrived Sunday 12th November at 13.22 to match the boats number RNLI 13-22 and was brought ashore by coxswain Stuart Tibbett, he stated ‘This was his proudest moment’.
The branch would like to thank the Chair, Crew and Committee of Bridlington Lifeboat Station for their kind invitation to join in the proceedings.The organisational skills behind such an event
must be enormous, however, it was absolutely superb the
atmosphere was truly amazing and the service was so moving, emotional and joyous, it was such an enormous pleasure to be part of the proceedings.
Photographs by Roy Meakin – Honley and Brockholes Fundraising Branch Press Officer
** permission for our photographs to be placed on our branch website, was given by the Sponsors & Bridlington lifeboat Press Officer**