There was drama at the Naming Ceremony for Skegness’ new RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) inshore lifeboatPeterborough Beer Festival IV, on Saturday, when the crew’s pagers bleeped loudly for a call-out, interrupting a VIP’sspeech.
The crew scrambled the inshore boat, which was to be officially named ‘The Peterborough Beer Festival IV’ and made a frantic dash down to the sea, leaving digniatories, including the Mayor of Skegness, Cllr. Sue Binch, and guests who were gathered in the lifeboat station standing!
Some twenty minutes later, the crew returned, repositioning the previously-gleaming boat, now wet through and covered with sand, inside the station to resume the official ceremony, to the cheers, whistles and loud applause of the gathering.
The new boat was funded by monies donated by the Peterborough Beer Festival (CAMRA), who had funded three other lifeboats, and during it’s dedication, the Rev’d Ian Banks, likened the fundraising to the miracle Jesus performed in turning water into wine, “Only in this case”, he said, “beer has been turned into a lifeboat – not only once, but four times!”
After the singing of the naval hymn, ‘Eternal Father Strong to Save’, the Peterborough Beer Festival IV Lifeboat was officially named by Mike Lane and Mrs Jenny Bambridge, with Batemans XB beer, supplied by Batemans Brewery of Wainfleet.
Rnli Press Release