CROWDS gathered at Appledore Quay on Sunday afternoon for the official naming ceremony and dedication of the village s new RNLI Tamar class all-weather lifeboat the Mollie Hunt. More than 300 invited guests, plus hundreds of well wishers, gathered at the

CROWDS gathered at Appledore Quay on Sunday afternoon for the official naming ceremony and dedication of the village's new RNLI Tamar class all-weather lifeboat the Mollie Hunt.

More than 300 invited guests, plus hundreds of well wishers, gathered at the main slipway to watch the ceremony for the lifeboat, which has been in active service since the end of March.

The guests included the families of those whose generous legacies to the RNLI paid for the new vessel - including Evelyn Mary Hunt, or "Mollie," who left £1.3 million and after whom it is named.

The ceremony was accompanied by the Appledore Band and saw speeches by visiting and local RNLI dignitaries, as both Appledore Station Manager Wendy Dale and RNLI Vice President George Clark accepted the vessel on behalf of the charity from Sheila Russell, Mollie Hunt's cousin.

Following a service of dedication conducted by the Reverend John Ewington, Sheila Russell named the lifeboat and the Mollie Hunt was launched.

Funding legacies of £500,000 also came from Sidney Llewellyn Morgan and £350,000 from Gordon Charles George Philo, CMG MC.

In memory of their son, Duncan, Mr and Mrs Michael Wyatt donated the permanently inflated Y boat, together with propulsion and steering equipment on Mollie Hunt. The MV Hillhouse Trust helped fund some of on board electronics.

Numerous smaller gifts from trusts and personal donations have also helped to fund the lifeboat, as well as money raised both by the Appledore RNLI crew and fund raisers.

Appledore Lifeboat Station would like to thank the several local companies and organisations that provided help and support for the event.