Coast Watch Royal Pa­tron­age

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● In mid-Au­gust Watch­keep­ers and sup­port­ers were proud to hear that “The Princess Royal will be de­lighted to ac­cept Royal Pa­tron­age of the Na­tional Coast Watch In­sti­tu­tion.” This recog­ni­tion of their con­tri­bu­tion to en­sur­ing safety around the UK’s coast­line, as part of the Search and Res­cue Or­gan­i­sa­tion, is a great en­cour­age­ment to our vol­un­teer Watch­keep­ers. As “Eyes Along The Coast” they, daily, watch out for any­one in trou­ble from the ex- Coast­guard sta­tion on the Ne­fyn & Dis­trict Golf Club course. The Na­tional Coast­watch In­sti­tu­tion has 52 look out sta­tions around the Bri­tish Isles of which there are now 8 in Wales; and th­ese were fea­tured on ITV ‘Coast & Coun­try’ TV pro­gramme on Au­gust 18. The Sta­tion Man­ager in­ter­viewed on TV stressed that any­one, what­ever their back­ground, can vol­un­teer to train as a Watch­keeper. The bulk of this train­ing is given by shar­ing watches with ex­pe­ri­enced Watch­keep­ers. There are also short train­ing cour­ses on spe­cific sub­jects. Porthdin­l­laen Sta­tion’s most re­cent, and spec­tac­u­lar, train­ing course in­volved a ‘rib ride’ through the Me­nai Strait to learn about the sig­nif­i­cance of the buoys and other nav­i­ga­tional aids in the area. Those who took part ap­pre­ci­ated the need for the wa­ter­proofs handed out be­fore their trip! We are al­ways on the look­out for new vol­un­teers (most Watch­keep­ers do 2 or 3 watches per month), so if you are in­ter­ested please visit the NC I web­site for fur­ther de­tails.

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