Lancashire

Blackpool lifeboats named in tribute to donors

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Image caption The lifeboats are five knots faster than the vessels they are replacing

Two new lifeboats in Blackpool have been named after the two people whose legacies helped fund them.

Eileen George and Basil Brookes left a "generous" amount of money to the RNLI in the town, enabling the organisation to purchase the new inshore boats.

The pair - who did not know each other - died in 2006.

Their families were at the town's lifeboat station on the promenade for an official naming ceremony earlier.

Blackpool RNLI Lifeboat operations manager, Rowland Darbyshire, said: "We are very grateful to Mrs George and Mr Brooks for their generous legacies and will be extending our thanks to their families and friends for these wonderful lifesaving gifts.

"Without the support of people like them, our charity would not be able to continue saving lives at sea."

Rapid response

The new RNLI D class lifeboats are five knots faster than the vessels they replaced and also have enhanced manoeuvrability, so are ideal for providing a rapid response to distress calls close to shore.

"We have been very impressed with their capabilities and I know they will serve our lifeboat station well in the years to come."

Andrew George, Mrs George's grandson said he felt "honoured" to take part in the day.

"Eileen was a very warm, friendly lady and I know both she and my grandfather Ivor would have been absolutely delighted to see this lifeboat go into service at Blackpool.

"What better legacy than a lifeboat bearing the family name. I'm also a supporter of the RNLI and know what fantastic work the charity's volunteer crews carry out."

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