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His Royal Highness (HRH) The Duke of Kent meets RNLI volunteers in Jersey
HRH The Duke of Kent, president of the RNLI, was introduced to the volunteer crew, fundraisers and operations team at St Catherine's RNLI yesterday (wednesday 11 May). The Duke received a full tour of the station and was invited to sign the visitors book.
Andrew Eeles, Helmsman at St Catherine’s RNLI said ‘It was our first royal visit at St Catherine’s so we have been preparing for it for weeks. It was great to welcome The Duke to the station. We are one big team and a visit like this brings everyone together.’
HRH The Duke of Kent later headed to St Helier’s RNLI where he met the lifeboat crew, other station volunteers and received a tour of the all-weather lifeboat George Sullivan.
Later in the day he presented long service awards to volunteers Margie Richardson, Caryll McFayden and Roy Bullen.
James Gales, St Helier Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: ‘It was an honour to welcome HRH The Duke of Kent to St Helier RNLI.Our volunteer crew and fundraisers work extremely hard and it is great for their dedication to be recognised by the President of the RNLI.'
To end his visit to Jersey, the Duke headed to St Ouen’s beach, where he met the RNLI supervisors Rob Stuteley, Will Glenn and Nathan Elms and was invited to watch a lifeguard rescue demonstration on the beach.
Rob said: ‘It was fantastic to welcome the Duke of Kent to the lifeguard unit at St Ouen’s and provide him with an insight into the lifesaving work RNLI lifeguards carry out in Jersey.’
The Duke ended his two day visit to the Channel Islands in Guernsey with a visit to St Peter’s Port RNLI.