Penarth’s new lifeboat – due to be named a week on Saturday (June 2nd) – is to be called “Spirit of Penarth II”.
“Spirit of Penarth II” is replacing the D Class lifeboat “Connie Dains” (named after an RNLI donor) and has now been retired. A standby D Class is currently based at the RNLI station on Penarth Esplanade pending the arrival of the new boat this week.
The name of the new of the Penarth lifeboat – which has been kept a closely guarded secret – echoes that of the original “Spirit of Penarth” ( B-725) which was an Atlantic 75 that did service at Penarth from 1996 to 2010 .
A PDN source says the issue has been the subject of considerable discussion within the RNLI – but it was decided that because local residents had raised much of the money for the new boat, its name should reflect that of the town.
A formal request has been made to the Vale of Glamorgan and to Penarth Town Council for permission to close Penarth Esplanade to traffic in a fortnight’s time on Saturday June 2nd from 07:00 to 14:00 for the official naming ceremony and subsequent launch of the new boat.
The appeal for the new lifeboat was opened in July 2016 with a target of £50,000.