Photo gallery: Princess Royal at Caister Lifeboat Station

The Princess Royal visiting Caister Lifeboat Station. 30th April 2013 Picture: James Bass

The Princess Royal played a vital role when she visited Caister lifeboat station.

Invited to officially name the independent station's new inshore lifeboat, the Princess poured a bottle of champagne over the bow of the Fred Dyble yesterday (Tuesday).

'Are you sure you want to waste this,' she said, joking with Paul Garrod, crew member and chairman of the Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service.

The five-metre long inshore lifeboat, named after a late Norfolk long-shore fisherman and builder who lived in the nearby village of California further up coast, has been built to operate in waves of up to two metres high and reach speeds of 30 knots.

During an hour-long visit to the station for the boat's official dedication service, the Princess Royal addressed the crowd, met lifeboat crews, relatives of Fred Dyble and received flowers from local girls Grace Turner and Casey Sheales, both five. The service of dedication was lead by the Very Rev Graham Smith, Dean of Norwich Cathedral, assisted by the Rev Timothy Thompon, rector of Caister, and the Rev Andrew Fielding, Methodist minister.

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