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 The naming of Peterborough Beer Festival 2

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Peterborough Beer Festival 2 in the water and inset the Peterborough Branch RNLI chairman does the hand over

On Saturday the 9th October 2004, the wind at the Mumbles in South Wales, was a cool easterly but the sun shone and the rain held off.

The local arrangements saw the crew and the Launching Authority preparing for the naming ceremony along with the Institution's Divisional Manager, the Regional Fund Raising Manager, the local lifeboat Chairman, the local Vicar and, not least, the Ladies Guild to name but a few.

The Peterborough brigade turned up to do the honours and included the Branch Chairman and Treasurer together with his lady wife and the Publicity Officer. Then came the representatives of the generous donors of the lifeboat - the CAMRA committee whose support is combined with the generosity of the Beer Festival supporters generally to raise the cash to support the vital lifeboat service.

Not only did the CAMRA representatives turn out to do the business, but they came well prepared to christen the fine new boat with "White Dwarf" brewed by Oakham Ales at the Brewery Tap, Peterborough.

The naming of the boat followed the formal sequence of events - first she was presented to the Peterborough RNLI Branch by the CAMRA Festival Chairman Mike Lane and then by Branch Chairman Tom Field to the RNLI. The Institution, in the person of Divisional General Manager John James, then handed the boat to the Mumbles station in the person of the local Launching Authority and Lifeboat Operations Manager, Captain Roy Griffiths.

Captain Griffiths expressed the deep gratitude of his crew for the support and generosity of the Beer Festival "punters" and workers and explained how the new boat would assist them in their vital work "for those in peril on the sea"! The Reverend Keith Evans dedicated the boat and all who sail in her to the care and protection of our eternal Lord and we all felt the welling up of emotion as we sang with deep feeling "The Lord's my Shepherd" and "Oh hear us when we cry to thee for those in peril on the sea."

Then came the "naming" as Clare Botton and Mike Lane dampened the bow of the boat with the "White Dwarf" which they had brought with them in the mini-bus to baptise the boat and share with the crew. With prayers and ceremony completed, the crew were called upon to launch the boat on to a choppy sea and show us all what she and they could do!

May God bless and keep safe the latest generation of the ever gallant "Men of the Mumbles" and grant them success in their missions which, in just two months since they received the boat, have already seen Peterborough Beer Festival 2 launched many times to the rescue of numerous people.

October 2004




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