Mundesley welcomes new inshore lifeboat the Bob Page

Service of dedication of the new Mundesley lifeboat. Ian Gray, director of Mundesley Inshore Lifeboat, sprays the boat in champagne after formerly naming it. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

A shower of fizzing champagne and a sprinkling of holy sea water welcomed Mundesley's new inshore lifeboat into the community.

Crowds gathered in the warm sun and blustery wind to watch as the new vessel, the Bob Page, was dedicated and named on the green near the lifeboat station in Coast Road yesterday (Sunday).

The boat, which cost around £30,000, was named after Mr Page, who left a legacy to the independent station.

The congregation were joined by Reverend Rod Key and Reverend Zoe Ferguson from the Trunch group of churches, who led the service and read prayers before the boat was given a traditional showering of champagne.

Di Spray, chairman of the Friends of Mundesley Lifeboat, was among the crowd of 200 that attended the dedication.

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She said: 'It was a wonderful turn out, we were very pleased with the amount of people that came.

'We were well supported by all our flanking stations; Cromer, Sheringham and Happisburgh, they were all there and the coast guards and coast watch.'

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The new inshore vessel was also sprinkled with holy water, sea water blessed by Rev Key, which was shaken onto the boat with branches - and the assembled guests were also blessed in the same fashion.

Mrs Spray added: 'Everyone was blessed with sea water so that was a rather nice touch.'

The Bob Page replaces the station's former inshore boat, Footprints, and joins its flood rescue vessel.

Mundesley's independent lifeboat service was established in the 1970s and is run as a charity from its purpose built base.

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