Sunday, December 7, 2008


A few days ago, St. Davids had the Naming Dedication Ceremony for its new inshore lifeboat.

The lifeboat, which cost £31,000, was donated to St Davids Lifeboat Station by Mr. Richard Gurr from Solihull in the West Midlands in memory of his late parents, Myrtle and Trevor Gurr.

The ceremony was held in the St Davids Cathedral due to the bad weather.

The service started with Mr. Richard Gurr saying how proud he was that a lifeboat was to be named after his parents.

Captain James Wilcox, St. Davids lifeboat operations manager, accepted the lifeboat on behalf of St Davids Station and thanked the donor for his generosity.

St Davids Lifeboat Coxswain David John gave a vote of thanks to the donor and invited Mr. Gurr to name the lifeboat "Myrtle and Trevor Gurr."

Mr. Gurr said:

"Despite the fact I couldn't live further from the sea now, our family home was in Southend-on-Sea and my father especially enjoyed building small boats and being on the water. My parents would be delighted to know their memory lives on in such a worthwhile voluntary organisation. They would be incredibly proud that a lifeboat had been named after them, especially in such a wonderful location. Having lived in and around cities for most of my life, I was impressed by the friendliness of the people of St Davids during my recent visit. I received such a warm welcome from the St Davids RNLI crew and recognise the lifeboat is an integral part of the community life and will be delighted to be associated with her."

(Information and picture from the St. Davids RNLI)

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