Dunmore East RNLI is to officially name its new lifeboat William and Agnes Wray.
The all-weather Shannon class vessel will be given the name during a ceremony at Dunmore East Lighthouse at 2pm this Sunday, 26th June.
Geoff Harris and the WLR Street Team will be live from the event. You can listen here.
The lifeboat, which went on service in September last year, is named after William and Agnes Wray from Manchester. The couple were happily married for over 60 years and had three children, all of whom have had a proud connection to the sea.
The lifeboat, which is now stationed in Dunmore East, is the first Shannon class in the RNLI fleet to be based in the South East.
It replaces the station’s Trent class lifeboat Elizabeth and Ronald, which was on service in Dunmore East since 1996.
During those 25 years, the lifeboat launched 412 times, brining 821 people to safety, 20 of whom were lives saved.
Speaking ahead of the naming ceremony on Sunday, Eddy Stewart-Liberty, Dunmore East RNLI Lifeboat Management Group Chair said:
This is a very special occasion for our station, and we are most grateful for the legacy left to the RNLI in William and Agnes Wray’s name. We know the family had a strong connection to the sea and our volunteers are delighted and proud to be the custodians of this lifeboat named after the couple which will help us to continue to save lives at sea for generations to come.’
About the Shannon class lifeboat
The Shannon class lifeboat is the first modern all-weather lifeboat to be propelled by waterjets instead of traditional propellers, making it more agile. The naming of the class of lifeboat follows a tradition of naming lifeboats after rivers. When the Shannon was introduced to the RNLI fleet, it became the first time an Irish river was chosen, and it was done so to reflect the commitment and dedication of Irish lifeboat crew for generations.
Dunmore East RNLI was established in 1884. Since then, the crews have received 18 awards for gallantry.