NCI 30th Anniversary

NCI 30th Anniversary Celebration

In 1994 two Cornish fishermen lost their lives within sight of the recently closed Coastguard Lookout at Bass Point. A group of concerned local people decided that keeping a visual watch along the coast would significantly contribute to marine safety. And so the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) was born.

This summer will see a 2,000+ mile journey of a specially commissioned flag (pictured above) celebrating 30 years of NCI. The 1.5m x 1m flag bears the names of all NCI stations in order of longevity (so Prawle Point appears in the first column, as the 12th station to open and the first beyond the Tamar). 

Locally, the flag will arrive from Rame Head on July 8 and on the morning of Tuesday July 9 at around 1015 local time the flag will be carried aboard one of Britannia Royal Naval College’s 15m Vahanna transport boats; two of these vessels will then accompany the flag on its journey to Dartmouth for handover to the next station, NCI Froward Point. You are most welcome to join us for a short ceremony at Whitestrand – details to be announced in the next newsletter.

The 30th Anniversary celebration has been sponsored by Sirius Insight. After the completion of the flag’s journey (NCI Filey, August 25) it will be received by HRH The Princess Royal and then exhibited at Trinity House in London. Media enquiries to Richard Povall.

Information for the Prawle Point event on July 9

As we mentioned already all are invited to join us as we send the NCI 30 flag on its journey to Froward Point NCI. We will have a short ceremony on Normandy Pontoon (Salcombe) shortly after 1000 on July 9. More details to follow but SAVE THE DATE.

As more information becomes available we will post practical information for those wishing to be involved with Prawle Point’s contribution to the NCI 30th Anniversary celebrations.