Despite the overcast sky, all were in high spirits yesterday at the RNLI Lifeboat Station, as the Duke of Kent was visiting to unveil a plaque commemorating 150 years of Falmouth lifeboat operations. After attending a lunch courtesy of Keynvor MorLift, the Duke arrived at around 2:15pm on the Severn class all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott, and shook the hands of the RNLI crew as he ascended the bridge from the boat to the station. The talkative Duke, who has been president of the RNLI since 1969, greeted a team of coastguards and had a word with each of them whilst happily posing for photographs as a small group of Falmouth residents spectated.

The Richard Cox Scott approaches the station

Deputy launching authority Nick Lewis told Truthfal that “all has been tidied and arranged in preparation for the royal’s visit.” To begin the celebration of its 150th anniversary, the RNLI launched a £100,000 appeal for a station renovation on March 1st, in favour of accommodating a state of the art inshore lifeboat. Upon being asked about this, Nick explained that “the new boat means a faster response, and is capable of saving people in shallow water. It would be the first one we’d send out if there was an accident.”

After getting acquainted with the RNLI and coastguard crews respectively, the Duke was led into the station where he shook hands with all the remaining members, unveiled the plaque, and received an RNLI sweatshirt from coxswain Jonathan Blakeston.

The Duke receives an RNLI sweatshirt from the coxswain

Photographs courtesy of jadecockerillphotography.com