Thursday, 26 November 2015

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New lifeboat station in Maryport to be officially opened

Another chapter in Maryport’s maritime history begins this weekend with the official opening of the town’s new lifeboat station.

Maryport lifeboat station photo
Station officer Mike Messenger in the old cramped station

The inshore rescue crew want members of the public to join them on Saturday afternoon for an open day and a first-hand look at the £450,000 boathouse.

It is part of a wider £1.2 million investment in Maryport harbour, to allow rescuers to deal with incidents more quickly, buy new equipment and provide more space for storage.

Station officer Mike Messenger, said: “The building is great. It is a big facility and we have room for everything we need. The old boathouse was too small and was not fit for purpose as we couldn’t fit the equipment in.

“We are inviting the whole town down on Saturday to look at the new facility and have a chat with the crew. It’s not every day you get a new lifeboat station built – it’s a one-off event.”

After trying for a decade to raise funds and gain planning permission, the old boathouse which was built in 1865, was finally flattened a year ago to make way for the development. The new building houses the lifeboat, which is on all-year-round call for emergencies in the Solway Firth, and the equipment that was used in the 2009 Cockermouth floods.

Funding for the new boathouse and harbour investment has come from Britain’s Energy Coast, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Sellafield Ltd, Nuclear Management Partners and FLAG – Fisheries Local Action Group.

On Friday, a small gathering of funders and local dignitaries will attend an opening, with Workington MP Tony Cunningham cutting the ribbon.

The rest of the £1.2m investment is being used to make the harbour area a tourist destination, with the bulk of the remaining cash earmarked to mend the wall of the Senhouse dock at the marina.


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