Monday, 9 September 2013

Mayor visits RNLI Bangor

Photo of Mayor Muir on board
Bangor Lifeboat with two volunteers 
I visited Bangor RNLI Station on Monday 2 September 2013 to find out more about the work undertaken and provide public support for the volunteers and staff.

My interest in the RNLI dates back to 1984 when I watched the then new Bangor RNLI boathouse open along with my Mum and Sister on a cold day, just after I was collected from Primary School. Nearly 30 years later the RNLI remain a key part of Bangor and the Belfast Lough ensuring maritime safety for many.  I was therefore glad to publicly support the courageous and selfless service by all the volunteers and staff associated with Bangor RNLI and urge people to consider how the support this valuable organisation.

I personally support the RNLI by making a donation each time the boat is launched via subscription to the RNLI Mobile Text Message update service. Every time the lifeboat is launched you receive a text message and make a small donation! You can sign up at http://rnli.org/howtosupportus/otherwaystohelp/digital-extras/Pages/SMS-launch-alerts.aspx 

Bangor first received a lifeboat in 1965 originally based at the Tower House, Quay Street, Bangor which now accommodates the Town's Tourist Information Office.

The RNLI received a new boathouse at the Harbour in 1984 from North Down Borough Council and have been based at the same location at the bottom of the Eisenhower Pier since then, with a new boathouse built on the same site in 2002, again provided by North Down Borough Council. The RNLI were awarded Freedom of the Borough by North Down Borough Council in 2010.

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