RNLI New Quay come to the rescue of their Penlee colleagues

Mechanic Bernie Davies (centre) and Roger Couch, New Quay lifeboat operations manager presenting the cast-iron handles to Coxswain Patch Harvey. Image: RNLI/Elaine Trethowan.

Thursday 29th November 2018 08:55 GMT

Two RNLI crew members from Wales travelled to Penlee Lifeboat Station recently and presented a set of old cast iron door handles to RNLI Coxswain Patch Harvey.

Several weeks ago the cast-iron door handle fitted to the front door of the old lifeboat station at Penlee Point, Mousehole was stolen. Countless Penlee Lifeboat coxswains and crew members had turned it over the years and it was an important part of the station’s history.

Now colleagues at RNLI New Quay Lifeboat Station in Ceredigion, West Wales have come to the rescue.

The two handles pictured were once fitted to the front door of the old lifeboat station in New Quay. 

Before the station was closed in the 1980s the handles were removed by the current RNLI mechanic Bernie Davies as a keepsake and something to remember the old building by.

On seeing the Penlee Lifeboat Facebook post about the theft of the handle, Bernie rummaged around in his garage and found the handles he had stored decades earlier.

On Wednesday 7 November, Bernie and Roger Couch, RNLI New Quay lifeboat operations manager, travelled the 313 miles that separate the two stations, a journey of five hours 43 minutes, and visited the old Penlee Lifeboat Station at Penlee Point, Mousehole where they presented the handles to Coxswain Patch Harvey. 

Mr Harvey said: “We are all thrilled to receive these beautiful old cast-iron handles from our colleagues at New Quay Lifeboat Station. They’re identical to the handle that was stolen a few weeks ago, and will soon be fitted at the old boathouse - a wonderful historic link between the two lifeboat stations. Our thanks go to Bernie and Roger for making such a long journey to deliver them - RNLI family at its best.”

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