Selsey RNLI lifeboat station welcomed 42 members of The Guild of Freemen of the City of London on Wednesday 8 June. The event represented a long association between The Guild and Selsey RNLI since the original launch of an appeal to provide a City of London lifeboat, which was instigated at Fishmonger’s Hall London in 1982 by Sir Ronald Gardner Thorpe and Lord Inchcape.
This particular visit coincided with Selsey lifeboat station’s 150th birthday celebrations so was considered rather special. Following coffee and welcome by John Light (Branch Chairman) to the Master of the Guild of Freemen, Don Lunn and his wife Doreen, a presentation was made by Norman Woodland (a former crew member and Freeman) to the Master of two framed photographs of the station’s former lifeboat: City of London.
Clive Cockayne (Lifeboat Operations Manager) then organized a draw to select 12 Guild members for a ride on the station’s current lifeboat Voluntary Worker, which proved to be a huge success.
The crew was invited to lunch courtesy of The Guild at the Lifeboat Inn during which the Master and Wardens presented the station with a copy of the second volume of the History of The Guild of Freemen of the City of London, together a cheque to the value of £500.
Despite a slightly ‘fresh’ day, particularly for those taking to the sea on Voluntary Worker, it proved to be very enjoyable for both The Guild members and Selsey lifeboat station crew and volunteers involved.