Ollie Naismith D class Lifeboat

Looe RNLIThe Looe Festival of the Sea was a huge success this weekend and wow, thee were so many people in town. Looe was buzzing.

Below is one of the pictures I photographed during the naming and dedication ceremony of the new Ollie Naismith D class Lifeboat for the RNLI station in Looe.

The Ollie Naismith Lifeboat, named after local lad Ollie Naismith who died in a tragic car accident just before Christmas in 2009, was dedicated to the Looe RNLI by his father during a solemn and yet heartwarming ceremony outside the RNLI boathouse on Saturday.

Hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects to the Naismith family and to remember Ollie for the person he was. I think the event was one of the most important in Looe for a long time as it brought together all parts of community in what is recognised as being probably the most important charity in Looe.

The initial lifeboat appeal was for £31,000 but in the end the RNLI managed to raise over £84,000 which was used to pay for a specialist tractor and trailer to launch the Ollie Naismith and also pay for the lifeboat’s running costs for its lifetime. Quite an amazing achievement for our little town of Looe.

The Ollie Naismith D class Lifeboat

I have a couple of dozen more pictures of the Ollie Naismith Lifeboat and the Dedication Ceremony which I will upload in a few days time.

Ollie Naismith Lifeboat

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