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First photo of new lifeboat Alderman Penny Shelton

Teddington volunteer crews answer 100 ‘shouts’ a year

Big celebration planned at RNLI HQ at the Wharf in Teddington on September 2


The RNLI at Teddington has taken delivery of a brand-new D class lifeboat, called the Alderman Penny Shelton, donated by her sister Hilary, a local and generous supporter of the charity,  Teddington Town has learned.

Teddington is one of only four lifeboat stations, and the RNLI’s most upstream lifeboat station on the River Thames.

Donor Hilary Saw has been a consistent supporter of the Teddington RNLI over many years.

Last year the volunteer crew attended over 100 ‘shouts/call outs’ on their patch which covers the river from Molesey Lock downstream to Richmond Lock. Four lives were saved.

The traditional naming ceremony for the new lifeboat will take place at Teddington RNLI Lifeboat Station next to the riverside restaurant, The Wharf on Saturday, September 2nd.

Due to limited space the ceremony will be a ticketed event with local Mayors, MPs, and councillors expected to attend.

Plans are already being made for a special celebration to mark the arrival of the new lifeboat.

As boat naming ceremonies are traditionally accompanied by singing, Teddington RNLI has teamed up with the Landmark Arts Centre to provide support from its three resident community choirs, whose members are being encouraged to take part.’

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