Selsey RNLI Lifeboat Station welcomed 36 members of The Guild of Freemen of the City of London on Tuesday 4th 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.
Following coffee and welcome by Colvin Rae (Branch Chairman) to the Master of the Guild of Freemen, Anthony Fleming, a draw was organised to select 12 Guild members for a ride on the station’s current lifeboat, 'Voluntary Worker', which proved to be a huge success.
The pin to launch 'Voluntary Worker' was knocked out by Guild member Trevor Cookson’s wife, with a little help from Bruce Jenkins, Head Launcher.
The lifeboat crew was invited to lunch courtesy of The Guild at the Lifeboat Inn.
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 the volunteers involved.
(Article written by Ruth Troughton-Smith, LPO)