Volunteers from the Penlee RNLI Lifeboat Station will be hosting an open house on Monday August 30th. The event will also commemorate the 40th anniversary of the loss of lifeboat Solomon Browne and its crew on December 19, 1981, with a sailing procession led by Penlee lifeboats and a Watson-class flotilla
Lifeboats at the old Penlee Lifeboat Station at Penlee Point where a wreath will be laid.
Patch Harvey, coxswain of the Penlee RNLI lifeboat said;
“The station and the fundraising volunteers have been keeping an eye on the situation and, given government guidelines, have decided that with the proper safety precautions we can hold the event safely.
‘After 18 long months or more, we really can’t wait to see people and give them the opportunity to learn more about the history of Penlee RNLI and how the current volunteer crew train and operate for be able to save lives at sea.
“It seems particularly important to be able to share the day with our supporters and friends because this year marks the 40th anniversary of the disaster and we wanted to give people the opportunity to join us in remembering and celebrating the lives and courage of the eight crew members, who were tragically lost that night, as well as the crew of the coaster, the Union Star.
“It will be an honor to be joined by a flotilla of old Watson-class lifeboats for the Sailing Procession. The Solomon Browne was a Watson class. These wooden lifeboats were built in the 1960s and will have saved countless lives over many years of service.
“We would love any boat or vessel in the area to join the sailing procession from Newlyn Harbor to the old lifeboat house. From 4 p.m., despite operational requirements, we hope to be joined by our flank stations The Lizard and Sennen Cove. ‘
Those on shore will be able to walk the sidewalks to watch the Veil Procession and the wreath laying from the road out of Newlyn to Mousehole.
Visitors to the open house will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the resort, board the resort’s all-weather lifeboat, meet the crew and other volunteers and enjoy a variety of stalls featuring refreshments, locally made cakes and a souvenir or two.
The Culdrose Military Wives Choir and folk group Silvington will provide live music throughout the day.
Reverend Yvonne Hobson will lead the annual Lifeboat Blessing at Newlyn Harbor to close the day with the Mousehole Male Voice Choir leading the song.
Entertainment program for Monday, August 30
– 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Penlee Lifeboat Station Open Day – Newlyn Harbor, Penzance, TR18 5HW (car park – there will be a limited number of assessable parking spaces in the harbor car park, but visitors to the Open Day are encouraged to check out park in the Sandy Cove parking lot on Mousehole Road and get off at the station. Signs will direct visitors)
– 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Procession of Sail – The Penlee Lifeboats, a flotilla of old Watson-class lifeboats and lifeboats from Sennen Cove and The Lizard will lead the procession to the old lifeboat station at Penlee Point, where a wreath will be laid in memory of the crew of the Solomon Browne and the Union Star
– 6 pm-7pm – Lifeboat blessing, the two Penlee lifeboats will be blessed by Reverend Yvonne Hobson in Newlyn Harbor
Notes to Editors
· If the media are interested in attending the open house and the sailing procession, please contact Amy at the contact details below. A boat will be made available to take out a limited number of media to film the procession and the laying of the wreath
· Photos will be made available after the event
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