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Bridlington RNLI Mark 200th Birthday

RNLI Bridlington Lifeboats volunteers gathered together with members of the Bridlington community on Saturday to celebrate 200 years since the RNLI was founded.

The service of celebration was held at the priory in the old town and was attended by lifeboat volunteers from all aspects of station activities, including crew, education, fundraising, retail staff and water safety as well as folks from all over the town.

The service was kicked off with Reverend Niel chatting with Quay Academy pupil, Ernie Wilde, who has painted a wonderful piece of art, featuring the RNLI founder, William Hilary. The painting is now on permanent display at the lifeboat station.

Visits officer Dave Howker, then gave an insightful history of the RNLI, from 1824 to 2017 and reminded the congregation that Bridlington's life saving at sea history predates the RNLI by 19 years, as there was a lifeboat service in the town from 1805.

Coxswain, Andy Rodgers, took the stage and concluded the history, taking the story from 2017, when our Shannon class lifeboat arrived, up to the present, he also answered some questions posed by children, including one about if he'd ever been troubled by a shark while on a shout.

Musical accompaniment throughout was provided by violin virtuoso, and great friend of Bridlington Lifeboats, Ben Couper including a special composition written by Ben, to commemorate the RNLI 200.

The Bridlington RNLI team said:

"Thank you to everyone who joined us for this lovely evening of celebration of our 200th anniversary (or 219th in Bridlington terms) thank you to the Bridlington Priory and to the Bridlington Priory Choir for your support."

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