PENARTH RNLI has officially named its new D class lifeboat, Spirit of Penarth I, after a ceremony was held on Saturday.

At the mid morning event Laurie Pavelin, Penarth lifeboat station chairman, welcomed guests and opened the proceedings, with Bob Haswell, Penarth Station Treasurer, talking about the success of the fundraising appeal.

Students from Albert Road, Evenlode and Fairfield primary schools handed the lifeboat in to the care of the RNLI represented by Mark Kerr, RNLI council member.

Mr Kerr handed the lifeboat to lifeboat operations manager Jason Dunlop, representing Penarth RNLI. The boat was then being blessed in a service of dedication led by Reverend Mark Jones, lifeboat station chaplain.

‘Buddy’ Thompson, the president of Penarth fundraising branch, named the lifeboat Spirit of Penarth II.

On accepting the lifeboat, Mr Dunlop said: “This brand new lifeboat which is capable of 25 knots with SIMS navigation system onboard provides the perfect lifeboat for the challenging tidal conditions of the Bristol Channel. This is the true spirit of Penarth.”