St Ives Lifeboat Naming Ceremony Nora Stachura
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ST IVES’ RNLI has officially welcomed their new Shannon class lifeboat and launch and recovery system.
Volunteers at St Ives’ lifeboat station held a joint naming ceremony and service of dedication for their new Shannon class lifeboat Nora Stachura and the launch and recovery system Kenneth George Fulford yesterday.
Hundreds of people gathered along the harbour front as the new all-weather lifeboat was officially handed over to St Ives RNLI.
The Shannon class lifeboat was funded by the legacy of Nora Stachura from Swindon. Derek Price, a friend of Mrs Stachura, attended the ceremony to officially handover the lifeboat to the RNLI.
He said: “I know Nora would have loved to be here to see how her generosity has benefitted the RNLI lifeboat crew in St Ives. It is a pleasure to hand the lifeboat into the care of the RNLI; Nora would have been proud of what she has done.”
The launch and recovery system was funded by the legacy of Kenneth George Fulford along with £100,000 which was raised within the local community.
Mr Fulford’s sister, Patricia Sinfield, officially handed over the launch and recovery system. She said: “I’m delighted to be here to hand over the launch and recovery system. It is a fantastic piece of equipment and I am sure it will be well used.”
Simon Sherrard, RNLI council member, accepted the lifeboat on behalf of the charity and handed her in to the care of St Ives RNLI, accepted by Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, Derek Hall.
Derek said: “I have to express thanks to the generous donors and the family and friends representing them today. They have given St Ives RNLI the opportunity to save lives at sea more safely and efficiently. It is a privilege to accept the new Shannon class lifeboat and launch and recovery system to St Ives Lifeboat Station.”