Christening disrupted by Barrow lifeboat launch

Jack Long with his parents, Jonny and Claire, and sister Daisy (pic courtesy of RNLI/John Falvey) Jack Long with his parents, Jonny and Claire, and sister Daisy

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A christening ceremony in Cumbria had an emergency change of venue, due to a lifeboat call-out.

It is traditional for the children of the Barrow lifeboat crew to be christened on board, with the ship's bell used as a font.

The service for Jack Long was about to begin on the Grace Dixon when it had to be launched to go to the aid of a yacht which had run out of fuel.

The bell was moved to Barrow's inshore lifeboat, and the ceremony went ahead.

Jonny Long, Jack's father, said: "It's typical, we often get a call to an emergency when we have a ceremony planned

"It can't be helped. It will be something unusual for Jack to remember in future years."

Both the child's grandfathers have been involved in the lifeboat station.

Peter Trelore is a crewman on the lifeboat and John Long was second coxwain until he retired from the crew. He now serves as a Deputy Launching Authority.

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