The Angle Lifeboat "Mark Mason"
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I took when I went to the naming ceremony of the Angle Lifeboat 'Mark Mason' in Pembrokeshire.
I was on holiday and consequently the only one in shorts, but I did managed to park in the VIP enclosure!
Our PGM , John Eley and the Deputy John Gillo together with David Nelson, the Somerset PGM were surprised when I tapped them on the shoulder. They tried to disown me, no chance. You can just pick out David Nelson's head in the middle of one of the crowd photos.Mike James
Note from Webmaster. Mike James is a member of Mount Sinai Lodge of Mark Master Masons in Chipping Sodbury in the Province of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. He is well known (or notorious depending on your point of view) in the Craft in Somerset as the DC of Marine Lodge, formally secretary of that Lodge and Whitchurch Lodge.Press release from RNLI
Angle lifeboat station had a happy St. Patrick’s Day when its new Tamar class lifeboat arrived on station on 17th March 2009. She will be officially placed on service when the crew has been fully trained to operate her. The people of Pembrokeshire and Birmingham have been fundraising or 3 years to get a Tamar on station at Angle.
A £1.6M donation from The Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons completed the task to foot the £2.7M bill. The main donor gets to name the lifeboat, and she will be named ‘Mark Mason’ at a dedication ceremony in the summer, Lifeboat Operations Manager John Allen-Mirehouse said: “This is a very exciting day for the volunteer RNLI crew at Angle and a momentous occasion for the station. We are extremely proud to be the second of the RNLI’s 31 lifeboat stations in Wales to take delivery of this fantastic boat and seeing her arrive in the distance was quite a moment for everyone. Last year, the Angle all- weather lifeboat launched 25 times and rescued 21 people. A large proportion of call-outs are to vessels in trouble a long way from the shore. Angle’s crew spent 72 hours at sea during 2008 and many shouts were long towing operations. The Tamar class is not only faster, which will ensure the lifeboat is able to reach casualties quicker, but it is also more comfortable and safer”.
...Peter Holder, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Weston Lifeboat Station. Article/picture courtesy Signal Magazine, the journal of the RNLI.