Hoylake will be one of the first lifeboat stations in the country to receive an innovative new class of RNLI lifeboat, the Shannon.
The new £1.5m lifeboat will replace Hoylake’s current RNLI Mersey class lifeboat, Lady of Hilbre, when she comes to the end of her operational life.
The new lifeboat will be partly funded by the proceeds of a major appeal run by the charity between 2007 and 2009 which also helped pay for Hoylake’s new RNLI lifeboat station.
John Curry, Hoylake RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: ‘Everyone at Hoylake lifeboat station is delighted and extremely honoured that we are to receive one of the first of the new Shannon class of lifeboats. Some of the crew saw the prototype of the vessel in action and were impressed by her capabilities so we are sure the Shannon will enhance our ability to save lives.
‘We are fortunate to have a marvellous new lifeboat station here at Hoylake and the arrival of the Shannon will make the building complete. People in this area were extremely generous when we appealed for their support to raise funds for our new station and lifeboat and so we are very much looking forward to demonstrating what the appeal has helped provide for the Wirral coast.
Visit to the new Hoylake Lifeboat Station and have a guided tour and talk about the station and hear about the new lifeboat presently undergoing testing.