Clovelly Pilot Gig Club have honoured a lifeboat hero with their new gig boat, and had the help of a television presenter to do so.
The club officially named their new gig boat at Clovelly Lifeboat Day on Sunday, with A Place in the Sun presenter Amanda Lamb doing the honours before going out on the water with the club.
The new boat has been named Headon Home in honour of Clovelly lifeboat coxswain Richard Headon. Headon won the RNLI’s silver medal in 1882 in recognition of his galantry – saving 34 lives over a 12-year period.
The new boat is a first glass fibre gig for the Clovelly club, which is the oldest gig club in North Devon.
It is hoped the new boat will help the club build for the future and provide more opportunities for people to try gig rowing.
Clovelly Pilot Gig Club chairman Paul Smale said: “There has always been a close relationship between the gig club and the lifeboats at Clovelly, with many people over the years being part of both.
“We are delighted to be able to honour a true hero from Clovelly lifeboat history through the name of our new gig.”
Clovelly’s annual pilot gig regatta takes place on Saturday, August 18.