Invergordon RNLI Shannon Class Lifeboat Naming Ceremony and Dedication

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On Sunday 10th April 2022, Invergordon RNLI held its lifeboat naming and dedication ceremony for the Shannon class lifeboat ‘Agnes AP Barr’ in front of guests, family and friends.

David Lipp, Chairman of Invergordon Lifeboat Management Group, welcomed all guests to the ceremony on behalf of Invergordon Lifeboat Station and opened the proceedings with a brief history of the station.

David welcomed on stage Brian Robertson, a representative of Agnes AP Barr, who gave the audience an insight into the life of Agnes Arthur Paton Barr and her support for the RNLI over the years, her legacy funding the lifeboat of Shannon class lifeboat numbered RNLI 13-37. with its nameplate proudly displayed.

Mr Robertson formally handed over the lifeboat to the care of the RNLI which was accepted into the fleet by RNLI Chief Executive Mark Dowie who thanked the Barr family for the lifeboat before handing over the lifeboat in the care of Invergordon Lifeboat Station, with Station Lifeboat Operations Manager Calum Slater accepts.

Invergordon LOM Calum Slater saidAs Director of Rescue Operations I am sure I speak for all of us at Invergordon Lifeboat Station when I say it is a very proud day and we are extremely grateful for the generosity of Agnes AP Barr in funding this lifeboat. This new lifeboat means that we now have the latest and greatest in lifesaving equipment and I know that when the crew goes to sea everyone will have peace of mind that it will help keep them safe. Ladies and gentlemen, honored and distinguished guests, on behalf of Invergordon Lifeboat Station, I am delighted to accept this Shannon-class lifeboat into our care.

The dedication service was conducted by the Reverend Calum MacMillan with a series of hymns and readings before David Lipp welcomed Mr Robin Barr on stage to officially name the lifeboat and begin the baptism with his families and the famous Scottish soft drink AG Barr Irn Bru on it. bow.

Former Director of Lifeboat Operations Captain Iain Dunderdale also delivered a vote of thanks before the formal ceremony closed.

A crew of six volunteers began a demonstration of the operational capabilities of the Shannon-class lifeboat. Over 9500 names part of the Launch a Memory campaign feature prominently on RNLI 13-37 decals on port and starboard. side as she was put through her paces, wowing the watching guests with her jet-powered speed and maneuverability.

From Invergordon RNLI we would like to thank everyone for their support which made this momentous day such a great success

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