RNLI celebrate 150-year anniversary with a day to remember

PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 October 2016

The Prince of Wales regiment performed at the celebration.

The Prince of Wales regiment performed at the celebration.

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Burnham's RNLI had a day to remember on Monday as the crews celebrated 150 years since their first lifeboat was donated.

There was a host of media interest in the celebration.There was a host of media interest in the celebration.

The boat – which was funded by the town of Cheltenham – cost around £275 to build.

On October 10, 1866, the Cheltenham and Tewkesbury RNLI branch launched the lifeboat on Pittville Lake.

It was used by crews in Somerset for 21 years and was launched 14 times, saving 21 lives.

There was musical entertainment provided on Monday by the Prince of Wales regiment, who formed a quintet for the day.

Members of the crew went to Cheltenham to celebrate.Members of the crew went to Cheltenham to celebrate.

There is now an information board close to Pittville Lake in Cheltenham which provides facts about the lifeboat and images from 1866.

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