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Mousehole Harbour Lights go out to remember brave men of Penlee disaster

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 26, 2013

By Josh Barrie

The installation of the Celtic cross in the Nineties.

The installation of the Celtic cross in the Nineties.

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MOUSEHOLE'S Christmas lights were turned off on Thursday evening to pay tribute to the brave volunteers of Penlee Lifeboat Station.

To honour the eight crewmen who lost their lives trying to save those onboard the Union Star in 1981, who also did not survive the storm, the Mousehole Harbour Lights were set to go out between 8pm and 9pm. Only the Celtic Cross on the nearby St Clement's Isle, and a cross and two angels at the back of the village, continued to shine.

Penlee's current coxswain, Patch Harvey, said it was a day to remember those who lost their lives and said the hour was a fitting way to do so.

"It's a difficult time of year," he said. "We always look back and remember the guys who were lost.

"It's a poignant reminder that things can go wrong – it puts things in perspective.

"I think it's a nice idea. It's about the time the boat was lost and it's a fitting tribute," he added.

Ian Morris, who helps organise the lights, said it is an important part of Mousehole's Christmas display.

"It's a matter of great respect for the 16 lives that were lost," he said.

A number of tributes were left last week as many remembered the tragedy.

On Twitter, 'KernowGirl' posted: "The Penlee lifeboat was lost 22 years ago today. I will never forget that storm. Will be thinking about them all tonight."

While the RNLI said: "Today we remember the 8 volunteer crew of the Solomon Browne who lost their lives in the Penlee disaster 32 yrs ago. Forever in our hearts."

A commemorative service was planned to be held on Sunday at Paul Church.

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  • zukeduke  |  December 26 2013, 7:56PM

    The awful weather over this Christmas period causes us to also remember the courage of all our present lifeboat crews. Best wishes to Patch and all the other RNLI station personnel in Cornwall.

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