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Lifeboat naming ceremony and dedication - May 2007

Walmer lifeboat station celebrates naming and dedication of new Atlantic 85 and D class lifeboats.

Saturday 5 May was a big day for all those associated with Walmer lifeboat station with the naming ceremony and dedication of their Atlantic 85 Arthur Donald McLauchlan and D class Duggie Rodbard.

In December 2006 the station made history by becoming the first station in RNLI history to take delivery of two new lifeboats on one day. In May 2007 those lifeboats were named and dedicated in a ceremony at the station. The lifeboats were accepted on behalf of the institution by Admiral the Lord Boyce in his dual role as Vice-President of the RNLI and Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and a service of dedication was conducted by the Station Chaplain Seth Cooper.

The Atlantic 85 is named after Arthur Donald McLauchlan a former naval officer and lifelong supporter of the RNLI. Donald McLauchlan's brother Robert formally handed the boat over to the RNLI and his wife Mrs Kathy McLauchlan named the boat in traditional style with a bottle of champange.

The D Class was donated by Mr John Farley in memory of his best friend Duggie Rodbard whose name the boat bears. Mr Farley was present to hand over the boat and spoke fondly of his best friend Duggie. Duggie's widow Val Rodbard then stepped forward and named the new lifeboat.

The ceremony was a proud and, at times, emotional event for all concerned and the crew at Walmer are delighted to to have the opportunity to honour the memoires of Donald McLauchlan and Duggie Rodbard by using the lifeboats which now officially bear their names.

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