This Saturday morning (7th February, 2009) saw the arrival of the Hoylake lifeboat (The Lady of Hilbre) at her new home in the recently constructed state-of-the-art station.
A decent crowd of on-lookers, amateur photographers and would-be local blog publishers (that’ll be me then!) turned out to welcome the boat and her crew on a bright, cool morning. Some of crew came in first, towed by the tractor followed by the boat itself. After the machines and boat had a good hose down the boat was slowly pulled in to her new home.
It’s worthy of mention just how welcoming the volunteer crew are; the station was open and members of the public had a great opportunity to take stacks of close-up photos and ask questions of some of the crew.
Shame of course to leave the old station behind, having been a home to boats and crews for around 200 years. What will become of the old building when the final bits and pieces are removed? I understand that the building is owned by Peel Holdings (Port of Liverpool owners).
I took quite a few photographs, as did many others. Here’s just a sample: