Naming ceremony held for Burnham-On-Sea's new lifeboat
200 people attended a ceremony where Burnham-On-Sea's new lifeboat
was officially named on Saturday (April 8th).
ceremony at the Pier Street lifeboat station saw the new RNLI D-class
lifeboat 'Burnham Reach' named by Ann Maw, Lord Lieutenant of Somerset.
ceremony included music from Burnham and Highbridge band, a handing
over ceremony with speeches and prayers led by vicar of Burnham
Rev Graham Witts, before the lifeboat was named with the pouring
of cider over the bows, below.
in attendance included Burnham-On-Sea's MP James Heappey, Burnham-On-Sea
Mayor and Mayoress Michael and Maria Clarke, Sedgemoor Chairman
Ian Dyer, plus fundraisers, crew and their families.
present heard how the RNLI had raised £50,000 locally towards
the cost of the new boat. After the boat's christening, which was
overseen by RNLI Chairman Ash Edwards, and a service of dedication,
the new lifeboat was transported to the beach launching area for
a short sea trip before returning to the lifeboat station, where
the guests enjoyed light refreshments.