New lifeboat will carry names of 10,000 loved ones

Rob, Dorothy and Fiona Maccallum, family of Campbell whose name is going to be the first on the new

Rob, Dorothy and Fiona Maccallum, family of Campbell whose name is going to be the first on the new RNLI boat, with the crew and some of Campbells pictures. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

A new all-weather lifeboat for Wells-next-the-Sea will carry the names of 10,000 people, placed on it by their loved ones.

And the first name to go on the £2.5 million state-of-the-art Shannon class vessel will be that of a much-missed member of the Wells community - Campbell MacCallum.

Peter Rainsford, Chair of Wells Lifeboat, said the ‘Launch a Memory’ campaign would give people the chance to commemorate their loved ones while helping fund the new vessel and lifeboat station, which is due to open next year.

RNLI crew in Wells Next to The Sea and the family of Campbell Maccallum at the launch of the Launch

RNLI crew in Wells Next to The Sea and the family of Campbell Maccallum at the launch of the Launch a Memory campaign. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Each name will then be featured within the lifeboat’s letters and numbers - RNLI 13-46 - displayed on the vessel’s hull.

At the launch of the campaign on June 7, Mr Rainsford said:  "We are so pleased to be able to bring Launch A Memory to Wells, with a lifeboat that will enable our volunteer crew to save lives off our coast for generations.

"Everyone who supports the campaign will receive email updates about the lifeboat, keeping them informed of all major developments on its journey to going on service and saving lives at sea in Wells and along the north Norfolk coast."

Rob, Dorothy and Fiona Maccallum, family of Campbell whose name is going to be the first on the new

Rob, Dorothy and Fiona Maccallum, family of Campbell whose name is going to be the first on the new RNLI boat. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Mr Campbell was an advertising photographer working in London when a visit to Wells in the late 1950s set in motion a permanent move to the town in 1973.

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He became a local councillor, a harbour commissioner and a member of Wells Sailing Club.

He supported Wells RNLI for more than 50 years as their honorary photographer and pioneered the group photographs at the station featuring all the volunteers, crew, lifeboats and air rescue, which have since been adopted across the RNLI. He died in April 2019, aged 78.

Chris Hardy, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Wells . Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Chris Hardy, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Wells . Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

His widow, Dorothy, said she was "touched" his name would grace the new lifeboat - a service he cared deeply about.

She said: "I remember when the maroons would go off and he would dash out of the door with his camera to photograph a launch.

"I know his name will be joined by thousands of others whose loved ones want to remember them in this special way. The lifeboat will launch many times in its lifetime and bring many people to safety. I couldn’t think of a better way for someone to be remembered."

Artist impression of new Lifeboat House at Wells. Picture: Studio Four architects

Artist impression of the new lifeboat station which is being built at Wells. - Credit: Studio Four architects

Donations can be made online at rnli.org/WellsLaunch or by phone on 0300 300 9990. There is a suggested donation of £50 with space to commemorate up to 10,000 names on the lifeboat.

Deputy Second Coxswain Martin Emerson Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Deputy Second Coxswain Martin Emerson Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Mandy Humphreys with one of Campbells photographs. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Mandy Humphreys with one of Campbells photographs. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Max Phillips with one of Campbells photographs. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Max Phillips with one of Campbells photographs. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Fred Whittaker who was in every one of Campbells photos. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Fred Whittaker who was in every one of Campbells photos. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Head launcher Nicky Beck. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Head launcher Nicky Beck. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

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