Weston-Super-Mare RNLI donates a prize winning picture of one of its lifeboats to a local cafe

Stones Café is the local café for the Weston RNLI temporary station. It is used by the crew who know the proprietor well..

In 2009 one of Weston RNLI fundraisers took a picture which won the coveted RNLI Photographer of the Year. Howard Evans, the photographer, who is an enthusiastic member of the A1 Photography Club Weston, took the picture when three of the volunteer Weston RNLI crew were driving the D Class Lifeboat, Anna Stock, through heavy breaking waves.

It shows the lifeboat having two crew actually in the water steadying the boat as it manoeuvres out to sea. The helmsman was Mike Murphy. In the water nearest the camera is Martin Fear and only just visible, being nearly under water, on the other side was …

It has become an iconic picture for Weston RNLI and when the owner of Stones Café asked if we had any pictures we thought would look good on a wall in the café it was theestate obvious choice. Katherine Pink, the manageress has been a fervent supporter of the RNLI and felt it would liven up the back wall of her side room. She already had many pictures of the other walls but this time she wanted the whole wall covered.

The RNLI accepted this challenge and produced a vinyl version of the picture big enough to cover the wall. Dave Lundy of Protect UK kindly agreed to put it up.

Charlotte Conroy, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Weston said. ‘Stones is very useful for us and to have this picture covering a whole wall is impressive and gratifying. We feel honoured. ‘.

Notes to editors

For further information, please contact Weston-super-Mare RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer Glyn Hayes on 01934 824587 or Chris Lyons Deputy RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on 07825 347697

Lifeboats in service at Weston-super-Mare
Atlantic 75 class Lifeboat named Coventry and Warwickshire
D-Class Lifeboat named Anna Stock

The station was established in 1882 at the request of the local inhabitants and moved into a new boathouse in 1902. In 2013 the Pier connecting Birnbeck Island to the mainland became too unstable and dangerous. The crew now use a temporary station on the shoreline while waiting for a new permanent home.

To find out more information about Weston-super-Mare lifeboat and for recent events, please log onto our website or contact Glyn Hayes on 01934 824587.

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