Plan for huge new RNLI mural in Weymouth revealed

A MURAL celebrating the 200th anniversary of the RNLI could be coming to Weymouth.

A planning application has been submitted for the artwork, which would adourn the side of the Custom House Cafe, at 8 Custom House Quay.

The building is Grade II-listed and dates from the late 18th century, originally as a merchant’s house.

The picture would feature the Ernest and Mabel lifeboat, moored on the opposite side of the harbour, and would be visible from either side of the waterway, including from the RNLI Weymouth Lifeboat Station.

“The RNLI are a charity founded in 1824 and they are driven by their values of selflessness, courage, dependability and trustworthiness, with volunteers at their heart,” the application said.

“The vast majority of RNLI people are volunteers – ordinary people doing extraordinary – supported by expert staff, all working together to help communities at home and abroad save lives.”

The mural could adourn a wall of the Custom House Cafe, in Weymouth

The mural could adourn a wall of the Custom House Cafe, in Weymouth

It said the charity had been stationed in Weymouth since 1869, with the town station among the “busiest lifeboat stations on England’s south coast”.

“The purpose of the proposed mural is to commemmorate the RNLI’s significant contribution to the local community of Weymouth and the lives that they’ve saved at sea over the past 200 years,” the application continued.

“In addition, it will promote awareness of the charity, which will generate donations and interest from residents and visitors in volunteering opportunities.”

The scheme will now be considered by Dorset Council planners. For more information, log on to

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