RNLI celebrate 150-year anniversary with a day to remember
PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 October 2016
Burnham's RNLI had a day to remember on Monday as the crews celebrated 150 years since their first lifeboat was donated.
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.
There is now an information board close to Pittville Lake in Cheltenham which provides facts about the lifeboat and images from 1866.