Having read Jon Lawson Reay's letter in the weekly news this week (Link above), i am just wondering what experience he actually has.
John Lawson Reay says;
My experience, and things have not changed very much in 45 years, was for four years as a shore crew member of the lifeboat.
45 years ago things were a hell of a lot different, and 4 years as a shore crew member isn't what i call a lot of experience.
I would like to ask John Lawson Reay how many launches he was actually there for?
What did he do when he was at the launches?
The lifeboats from 45 years ago were the Annie Ronald and Isabella Forrest 1959 - 1964 http://www.llandudnolifeboat.org.uk/wpimages/wp5c30ac8d.png
and the the Lilly Wainwright 1964 - 1990
Information gained from http://www.llandudnolifeboat.org.uk/index.html
Lifeboats of the past did their job very well, but technology moves on and things change, and so do lifeboats and lifeboat stations. The crew need better boats to keep them safer and new technology helps in the location of boats that are in danger.
I have been wondering a few things, John Lawson Reay is a photographer, i have been told, and I am wondering;
Did John Lawson Reay take pictures of the launches of the lifeboat?
Did he make any money from selling any pictures, and if so how much?
If John Lawson Reay did get paid for selling any pictures of the lifeboat, did he make any donations to the RNLI?
I will admit i am a supporter of the RNLI. A few years ago i was on Llandudno promenade and i saw the smaller boat get launched and they sped off towards the pier and then i saw them rush back. From what i saw they had a young man who was injured and they were giving him first aid. I didn't know how bad the man was but after about 10 minutes the helicopter landed and took the man away.
From what i saw those lifeboatmen worked very professionally and they most probably saved that man's life. From then on i became a supporter of the RNLI.
I would love to see a new lifeboat on the prom and i cannot see why a wall ( a listed building) stops it from being built.
I ask John Lawson Reay to stop his objection to the lifeboat and work with them. As you say you were a lifeboatman why not join them and help the new boathouse to be built.