New lifeboats named after RNLI supporters at Happisburgh station

Naming ceremony for boats at RNLI Happisburgh. Picture shows Beryl Pickering. Pictures: RNLI

Naming ceremony for boats at RNLI Happisburgh. Picture shows Beryl Pickering. Pictures: RNLI - Credit: Archant

Two new lifeboats have been named at Happisburgh RNLI station.

Naming ceremony for boats at RNLI Happisburgh. Picture shows Beryl Pickering. Pictures: RNLI

Naming ceremony for boats at RNLI Happisburgh. Picture shows Beryl Pickering. Pictures: RNLI - Credit: Archant

More than 200 supporters attended the naming and dedication of the new Atlantic 85 and D Class lifeboats, which were funded by the Bell and Pickering families in memory of loved ones.

Howard Bell, who died in 2006, received an MBE for his services to the RNLI while Russell Pickering was a long-standing member of the RNLI, who died two years ago, aged 50.

Mr Bell's nephew Terry Baker handed over the Atlantic 85 lifeboat to the RNLI, and Mr Pickering's mother Beryl Pickering handed over the D Class lifeboat. These were accepted into the Institution by David Squire, RNLI council member, before then being handed over to Cubitt Siely, Happisburgh's lifeboat operations manager.

Honorary chaplain, the Reverend Catherine Dobson, led the service of dedication, and both lifeboats were then launched with the crews giving a demonstration of their capabilities.

Naming ceremony for boats at RNLI Happisburgh. Picture shows Beryl Pickering. Pictures: RNLI

Naming ceremony for boats at RNLI Happisburgh. Picture shows Beryl Pickering. Pictures: RNLI - Credit: Archant


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