This is The Enid Collett, the new Tamar Lifeboat at Shoreham. Funded bythe late Miss Enid Collett.
She would be so pleased if she could see it. I can almost see her standing proudly at the helm. Afraid of nothing and no-one; most definately a woman of tremendous courage, fighting off gunmen at the Gate theatre and all she said was “well we the Gate couldn’t afford to lose all that money”.
I think it amounted to about six hundred pounds, wages for famous actors Hermione Gingold, Robert Morely, Charles Laughton, Charles Hawtry to name but a few.
Most people on hearing the name Enid Collett think of the the new Tamar-class Lifeboat at Shoreham in Sussex. But little is known about the late donar of Cambridge. A quiet farmers daughter who was born 6th November in 1902 in Abbots Ripton in Huntingdonshire.
The Enid Collett cost £2.7 million pound to build. The all weather lifeboat and was funded by the generous donar it was named after.as said on www. Just two days after arriving at Shoreham on December the 10th 2010 RNLB Enid Collett was out on her first mission.
I knew Enid as her personal carer and companion. The stories she told me were fascinating. I would love to hear from other people who knew the unsung hero of the theatre world.
Her life was full and meaningful and deserves to be shared.