Falmouth RNLI welcomes HRH The Duke of Kent

Falmouth RNLI volunteers gathered at their station on Monday 3 April for a royal visit from His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent. The Duke took the all-weather-lifeboat to the station before meeting the volunteers to celebrate the station’s 150th anniversary and to officially launch their fundraising appeal.

HRH The Duke of Kent visits Falmouth RNLI

Simon Culliford

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, President of the RNLI, was met by sunny skies, calm waters and smiling volunteers as he went aboard the all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott which transported him the short distance to the lifeboat slipway.

The Duke then met members of the UK Coastguard, went to the RNLI boathouse to meet other operational and fundraising volunteers and spoke to representatives to find out more about their fundraising efforts. He also got the chance to look at historic mementos of the station before unveiling a plaque to commemorate the anniversary and officially launch the £100,000 fundraising appeal.

Falmouth RNLI Coxswain, Jonathon Blakestone said:

‘The day was superb – there was a good feeling from the whole station and the weather was perfect. The Duke thoroughly enjoyed his time on the boat and at the docks. He was very interested to look at some old photos from his last visit in the 1990s. From crew members to shop volunteers, he wanted to see everyone and ensured we were all involved. It was a great way to celebrate the station’s 150th anniversary and to kick off our fundraising appeal.’