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Naming ceremony for Bridlington's new lifeboat

The new lifeboat arrived last November.
The new lifeboat arrived last November.

Bridlington's new lifeboat will be officially named by the Archbishop of York at a ceremony on Saturday.

Dr John Sentamu will bless the Shannon class lifeboat, the Antony Patrick Jones, and the new boathouse.

Antony Patrick Jones left a bequest which funded the new boat

Antony Patrick Jones left a bequest which funded the new boat

Dr Sentamu said: "It is always a privilege to be able to spend time with those who risk their lives in the service of others. Our lifeboat crews do extraordinary work whatever the hazards that they may face.

"As we bless and dedicate this new lifeboat and the lifeboat station, I pray that all at Bridlington RNLI will know the blessing of God in all that they do so that they may continue to be a blessing to all those they serve."

The charity’s lifeboat will be named Antony Patrick Jones in memory of a local man who bequeathed a substantial amount to Bridlington RNLI, which funded the new vessel.

Antony Patrick Jones was an only child and spent his childhood and young adult life in Bridlington. He was a keen horseman and was involved with assisting in Riding for the Disabled. He also enjoyed swimming.

The lifeboat outside the new boathouse

The lifeboat outside the new boathouse

His late mother, Constance Jones, was an active member of Bridlington Ladies Lifeboat Guild.

The state-of-the-art lifeboat arrived in the town last November to a warm welcome from crowds and supporters.

Bridlington RNLI’s lifeboat operations manager Keith Turnbull, said: "Our volunteer crew has enthusiastically embraced the new Shannon class lifeboat. It gives them real peace of mind knowing that her advanced technology enables them to reach people a lot more quickly and further offshore.

"The naming ceremony will be a very special day in our station’s history and will officially mark the next chapter of lifesaving in the town."

RNLI community fundraising manager Amy Casbolt, said: "Saturday will provide the perfect opportunity to celebrate Antony Patrick Jones’s amazing lifesaving legacy, when the new Shannon is officially named in his memory.

"Without such legacies and vital donations from our supporters, our charity wouldn’t be able to continue saving lives at sea. The ceremony will provide a chance for us to show thanks for this much valued support."