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3:08pm 17th May 2013
(Updated 3:08pm 17th May 2013)

A new lifeboat appeal is being launched as the Queen comes to Cornwall.

Her Majesty and Prince Phillip are meeting the crew at St Ives on Friday morning, during their first ever visit to the town.

The RNLI wants to raise one million pounds for a launch and recovery vehicle for its new Shannon Class boat, which should arrive in 2014.

Pirate FM has been on exercise with the team and spoke to Coxswain Paul Whiston, known as Whizz: "You've got a little mental picture in your mind what you're going out for but it never actually turns out like that. So the challenges are really not just dealing with the conditions, but dealing with the particular set of tasks you might be up against on that particular job."


Paul's wife Cheryl was amongst family who also go to meet Her Majesty. She told Pirate FM it was a very special day: "We're just so very proud of the lads and what they do and we're very proud that the Queen has come down here, and the Duke, just to see us all. We're just amazed, absolutely amazed. it's quite an emotional day for all of us. And it's great for the town. Local businesses, they give a lot to the crew. It's just fantastic for everybody, it really is."


The Royal couple also visited the Tate Gallery and had lunch at St Michael's Mount, along with 70 other guests.

Robin Collins from the Godolphin Arms in Marazion said it has been all hands to the pump: "There's been a lot of clandestine meetings and there was a poll running, apparently, among a lot of the staff on the Mount who the VIP was because she couldn't be named. It ranged from Angelina Jolie through to Johnny Depp, to David Cameron and one or two actually guessed the Queen."

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3:08pm 17th May 2013

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