New Skegness RNLI lifeboat to be officially named
Monday 11 April 2011
Author: Russell Matthews
Skegness’s £31,000 D class lifeboat Peterborough Beer Festival IV was provided following fundraising at the annual Peterborough CAMRA Beer Festival by members of both the RNLI’s and CAMRA’s Peterborough branches. She will be officially handed over to the RNLI during the ceremony by David Murray, Chairman of Peterborough and District Branch of CAMRA, and Mike Lane, Chairman of Peterborough Beer Festival Committee.
Claire Botton from CAMRA said around 50 people from Peterborough would be travelling to Skegness for the naming ceremony.
She added: ‘Peterborough may not be on the coast but people in the area are very aware of the wonderful work carried out by the RNLI. Everyone involved in organising the beer festival is proud of our long association with the charity and of the successful fundraising we have helped with over the years. We are all very much looking forward to Saturday’s naming ceremony, and to hopefully seeing our lifeboat in action.’
The fundraising for Skegness’s new lifeboat was carried out at the beer festival over four years. In total, £37,000 was raised, which will also pay for the vessel’s first refit. The RNLI’s Peterborough branch has been fundraising at the beer festival for 21 years and over that time has collected almost £176,000, funding four inshore lifeboats for the RNLI, including a D-class for Redcar lifeboat station and an Atlantic 85 for the charity’s relief fleet.
Peterborough Beer Festival IV went into service at Skegness last September and has already been used on 11 rescue launches. She replaced the station’s former D class, Leicester Fox II, and operates alongside the all-weather lifeboat, Lincolnshire Poacher.
The new lifeboat is 5 knots faster than the old D class and also has enhanced manoeuvrability, built in navigation system and is ideal for providing a rapid response to distress calls close to shore. Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Alan Fisher, said the crew have been delighted with their new vessel.
He added: ‘Peterborough Beer Festival IV has already proved herself a great asset to our lifeboat station and we are now very much looking forward to seeing her officially named – and of course to thanking our generous supporters from CAMRA and the Peterborough RNLI Branch in person. The RNLI is dependant on donations and fundraising like theirs to enable us to carry on saving lives at sea and hopefully on Saturday we will be able to demonstrate to them just how important their support is.’
The ceremony will also include a service of dedication led by the Reverend Ian Banks.