Milton Keynes presents lifeboat to Tobermory
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.