Old meets new at Barmouth RNLI
The Meirionnydd Branch of the National Vintage Tractor and Engine Club hold a vintage tractor run each year to raise money for local charities, and this year Barmouth RNLI were the fortunate beneficiaries.
On Saturday 22nd October 2016, two of their members, Hefin Ellis and Peredur Williams arrived at the boathouse, together with their vintage tractors, to present a cheque for £300 to Barmouth RNLI. Coxswain Peter Davies said ‘We are most grateful to the Meirionnydd Vintage Tractor Club for their very kind donation and it was a pleasure to see these 60 year-old machines so lovingly looked after and still in perfect working order.’
Hefin and Peredur were given a tour of the Lifeboat Station and the lifeboats and there was much swapping of tractor-related stories, and comparisons made between agricultural tractors built in the 1950s and the RNLI ‘s Talus MBH, specifically designed to launch recover lifeboats weighing up to 15 tonnes from beaches in up to 2.4 metres of water.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.