PEEL lifeboat mechanic Paul Cain will be one of the crew members aboard the RNLI’s newest all-weather lifeboat – to be named Diamond Jubilee in honour of the charity’s patron, The Queen – when it takes part in the Diamond Jubilee River Thames Pageant on Sunday, June 3.
The charity’s latest £2.7 million Tamar-class lifeboat, Diamond Jubilee – which will be stationed at Eastbourne Lifeboat Station – will be one of 1,000 vessels making their way along the River Thames on pageant day. It is set to be the largest flotilla in modern times on the river, with boats of all shapes and sizes stretching for 12.5 miles.
The Queen and other members of the Royal Family will be on board the Royal Barge, Spirit of Chartwell, the focal point of the flotilla. Also to feature is the ex-Lady of Man lifeboat, a veteran of Dunkirk, seen in last week’s Examiner Times Past column.
The new lifeboat’s participation in the prestigious royal event coincides with the final part of Eastbourne RNLI crew’s training and familiarisation with their new lifeboat, which is expected to be placed on station in Eastbourne and ready for active service towards the end of June. Crew members aboard Diamond Jubilee represent the different countries and islands of the British Isles where the RNLI operates by saving lives at sea.
Peel RNLI station mechanic Paul, who has been a volunteer member of the crew for 25 years, said: ‘It’s a huge honour to be part of the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant, which celebrates the 60-year reign of our patron, The Queen. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event – and a wonderful way to celebrate the extraordinary commitment of Her Majesty, our volunteers, and everyone who supports the RNLI.’
The RNLI will also be providing inshore lifeboats as safety cover for the duration of the River Thames pageant.