I felt privileged to be at the launch of the Pride of Sharpness with the Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) in the beautiful sunshine. There were great speeches from the RNLI, the Gloucestershire Fire Chief, the Dean of Gloucester and Countess Bathurst amongst many more. The Cotswold male voice choir sang for us all. 

The new specialist lifeboat is bespoke and will be crewed by extraordinary volunteers from SARA. They are trained and on hand to save lives in the Severn area. The moving speeches explained that the launch was a culmination of 18 months worth of work and fundraising with many setbacks. I understand the government contributed to the project and my local teams are very pleased that this is the case. 

My mum is still a coastguard where I grew up and I have many friends on the lifeboat up there too. I know how dangerous these roles are and how much time it can take up. Therefore while I hope the new Pride of Sharpness is not called upon very often, it is right that SARA has the best equipment available as we are all in debt to our lifesaving teams.  

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