Lifeboat named after Sheringham Shantymen ends 10 years’ service
An inshore lifeboat named after the Sheringham Shantymen has been decommissioned after 10 years' service in Ireland.
The Norfolk songsters started raising money for the D-Class ILB in 1995 and the RNLI handed it over to the Wicklow lifeboat station where the newly named D-671 The Sheringham Shantymen started its life in 2007.
It was formally handed over to Des Davitt, the lifeboat operations manager of Wicklow station, by shantymen chairman Bob Hawkins. A weekend of Gaelic celebrations followed with the shantymen entertaining the lifeboat crew. The D-671 was returned to Poole in February 2017 to become one of the RNLI's relief fleet.
Mr Davitt said: 'We are indeed indebted to the shantymen. This ILB certainly did not let us, the RNLI or its donors down, as 96 people, seven dog owners and a grateful sheep farmer can attest.'