Lifeboat book launched by Mossley RNLI branch for 50th anniversary

IT is 42 miles from Mossley to the sea at Southport but the town has played its part in helping save lives off shore for nearly 100 years.

Now, Mossley’s relationship with the Royal National Lifeboat Association has been documented in a new book by local authors, Alison Wild and Shirley Howard.

According to the RNLI Heritage Archive, Mossley Branch appeared in the Lifeboat annual report for the first time in 1923 though it was formed 12 months earlier.

However, it wasn’t until 1967 a fund raising committee was inaugurated and the new publication, also including cooking recipes, documents the group’s history over the last 50 years.

The recipes first appeared in a cookery book produced in December 1975 by Margaret and Gladys Howard.

There is a minimum donation of £5 for the book with profits from the book donated to RNLI Lytham St Annes who are due to take delivery of a new Shannon Class lifeboat in 2018.

It is the first all weather lifeboat to be powered by water jets instead of propellers, capable of a top speed of 25 knots and well suited to the shallow conditions of the Fylde Coast.

The book is available from Mossley Library at GLH, the Local Studies library in Ashton and Doubledays newsagents.

Shirley Howard and Alison Wild (left and right) with special guests at the launch

“The Mossley RNLI Branch is grateful to Mossley people and their friends for their support over the last 50 years,” say Alison and Shirley.

“Some committee members, who joined in 1967, served throughout their active lifetimes.

“Indeed, a number of the present committee have helped to raise money for the RNLI during the last 40 years.

“Excerpts from the committee minute books, the 1975 recipe book and photographs have been used to produce the book.

“We hope people will enjoy reading it and remembering happy occasions with us.”

The branch’s annual event will be held on Thursday, October 5 at George Lawton Hall between 1.30-3.30pm. Admission costs £2.50 includes a cream tea and musical entertainment from pianist, Andrew Murray. There will be chocolate and bottle tombolas, grand draw and lifeboat souvenirs for sale. Visitors can pay on the door.


The Correspondent has teamed up with authors Shirley Howard and Alison Wild to giveaway a free copy of their RNLI 50th anniversary book. To win simply answer the question below and send your answers to Trevor Baxter at:

Mossley Correspondent, Units 3 and 4, 45 High Street, Uppermill, Saddleworth, OL3 6HS or email

In 1838, a lighthouse keeper’s daughter was feted for her life saving exploits after a ship, the Forfarshire, got into difficulties off the Northumberland coast. What was her name?

A) Grace Darling

B) Darling Harbour

C) Alistair Darling

The closing date for entries is Friday, September 29, 2017.


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