This temporary replacement D Class lifeboat is currently in service at Penarth pending the arrival of the new £50,000 boat later this week

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 replacement D Class lifeboat will be in use for another two weeks – until June 2nd

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.

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