See historic footage of Newquay’s RNLI lifeboat

Home video footage has emerged showing Newquay RNLI lifeboat launching in the 1920s

The RNLI has been alerted to some black and white footage of Newquay’s lifeboat being launched, probably filmed in the mid-1920s.

The RNLI says it shows Lifeboat Admiral Sir George Back helping to launch the boat down the steep slipway on Towan Headland before the lifeboat is towed back through the town by horses.

At the beginning of the footage maroons are set off, probably by one of the coastguards, and watching the film it becomes evident that the launch of the lifeboat was a real community event, with hoards of people gathering to watch the proceedings.

The RNLI is asking for any information regarding the video or its stars. If you can help in any way email

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All information will be shared with the source publisher and added to the RNLI website. The RNLI also wants to hear from anyone that has any additional historical footage or pictures.



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