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Weymouth RNLI to kick start its 150th anniversary celebrations at AGM

Lifeboats Media Invite

Weymouth Lifeboat Station will be holding its annual general meeting on Tuesday 1 May at 6pm at Weymouth Sailing Club. All are welcome to attend.

Weymouth lifeboat on pontoon outside lifeboat station.

RNLI/Ken Francis

Weymouth lifeboat station

This will mark the 150th anniversary of Weymouth RNLI Lifeboat Station. The first recorded was a committee meeting which was held on 1 May 1868 when a group of local politicians and businessmen met to discuss the offer of the Earl of Strafford to purchase and present to the town a lifeboat. It was the following January before the lifeboat and lifeboat station were ready for operational use.

The AGM will start over a year of celebrations planned to commemorate the 150 years of there being a lifeboat stationed at Weymouth.


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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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