Mil­ton Keynes presents lifeboat to Tober­mory

The Oban Times - - News -

A SCALE replica of a Sev­ern- class lifeboat has been pre­sented to Tober­mory RNLI sta­tion.

The pre­sen­ta­tion took place on Tues­day Oc­to­ber 25 when the chair­man of the Mil­ton Keynes RNLI fundrais­ing branch Rod Law, along with his wife Mar­i­anne and grand­daugh­ter Daisy, handed over the 1:11th scale replica boat to Tober­mory.

Life­long sup­porter and fundraiser for the RNLI, Dave How­son cre­ated this in­cred­i­bly de­tailed replica lifeboat with metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to de­tail. The keen of eye, how­ever, will no­tice one slight dif­fer­ence – the name of the model is Jes­sica Holly rather than El­iz­a­beth Fair­lie Ram­say, which is the name of the Tober­mory ves­sel. This is due to the replica be­ing named af­ter Mr How­son’s grand­daugh­ter.

Sadly, Mr How­son did not fin­ish the replica to the level he de­sired, with his in­tended en­gines and re­mote con­trol sys­tems, as he died fol­low­ing a pe­riod of ill health.

In keep­ing with his wishes, he had asked that it should go to Tober­mory along­side the lifeboat it was mod­elled on.

So Rod, Mar­i­anne and Daisy em­barked on the long trip from Mil­ton Keynes up to Tober­mory on the Isle of Mull to per­son­ally hand over the replica on be­half of Mr How­son. The trip was funded by the gen­eros­ity of D J Soul, man­ag­ing direc­tor of Souls of Ol­ney.

The replica will now take pride of place at the Tober­mory RNLI visi­tor cen­tre.

A spokesman for Tober­mory lifeboat sta­tion said: ‘ We thank the fam­ily of Dave How­son and the Mil­ton Keynes fundrais­ing branch for this in­cred­i­bly gen­er­ous gift, which will take pride of place in our visi­tor cen­tre for many years to come.’

Rod Law, his wife Mar­i­anne and grand­daugh­ter Daisy present the boat to Tober­mory sta­tion and, be­low, Dave How­son with the model he made.

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