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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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£450,000 inshore rescue boathouse is shipshape

Maryport's new £450,000 boathouse has been officially opened by Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham and his wife Lady Anne.

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OFFICIAL OPENING: Sir Tony and Lady Anne Cunningham at Maryport’s new inshore rescue boathouse

The boathouse provides the town’s volunteer inshore rescue service with a facility which is more than twice the size of its old base.

Mike Messenger, station officer, said the previous boathouse, built in 1889 for a rowing boat, could barely house the rescue boat and there were no other facilities.

The new boathouse is part of a £1.2 million development on the harbour.

It has two garages which provide space for rescue gear and a workshop.

There is a large space for the main rescue boat, along with a kitchen, toilet and shower.

An open day was held at the boathouse on Saturday and Mr Messenger said they received positive comments about the new facility.

Sir Tony said he had arrived back in Britain from a trip to Sierra Leone in the early hours of Friday in order to attend the opening that day.

He added: “This is because I regard this opening as important. The new facility will save lives because launch times will be reduced.”

Sir Tony and his wife Lady Anne, in her previous job with Enterprising Communities, have helped the inshore rescue over a number of years.

The boathouse was built with funding from Britain’s Energy Coast along with its nuclear funding bodies, the European Fisheries Fund through its West Cumbria Fisheries Local Action Group and Cumbria Community Foundation.

Any group or organisation that would like to visit the new boathouse should email maryportrescue@live.co.uk

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