New Brighton RNLI represented at D-Day memorial service

Andy Liston of New Brighton RNLI represented the Wirral-based station at a special memorial service to commemorate those locally who took part in D-Day.

On Thursday, 6 June, a service was held at St. John’s Gardens in Liverpool city centre at noon, where wreaths were laid at the memorial stone to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

The service was delivered by The Rector of Liverpool, The Reverend Canon Dr Crispin Pailing MBE, in what will be one of his final public appearances in his role as Rector of Liverpool.

Joseph Carter, a D-Day veteran who was born in Liverpool, was a guest of honour at the service. Mr Carter, now 100 years old, joined the Royal Navy in 1942 when he was just 18 years old. Another D-Day veteran, aged 103, was also in attendance. Further notable attendees were representatives from Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire Service and the ambulance service.

New Brighton RNLI was represented by Launch Authority Andy Liston, who has been volunteering in New Brighton for more than 20 years and recently attended a special garden party at Buckingham Palace for long-serving RNLI volunteers, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the charity.

New Brighton RNLI played a role in the war effort throughout WWII, ensuring safe entry into the ports and dock systems of Liverpool, Birkenhead and Wallasey for damaged ships, as well as ships carrying supplies and servicemen vital to continued operations during the war.

Andy said, “It was an honour and a privilege to represent New Brighton RNLI at this unique service. It is crucial that we continue to remember and commemorate the incredible sacrifice that so many brave men and women made from this area, in the protection of our freedoms today.”

Image: Andy of New Brighton RNLI with representatives from Police, Fire, Ambulance, and Crime Commission. Credit: RNLI/Andy Liston

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