Storm Force, 30 Years On…

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There’ll be things in your life that make you feel good; small things that, for no apparent reason, just make you feel warm inside.

I expect many of those feel-good factors can be attributed to early childhood.

The RNLI Lifeboats logo is one of those things for me, not least when it’s on an envelope, winging its way to my door as it did last week…

The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe

In the case of the Lifeboats logo, I can certainly pinpoint the warmth to one thing in particular — receiving my copy of the Storm Force magazine as a young boy.

I was one of the early members of the RNLI club for children, who’ve recently enjoyed their 30th anniversary.

The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe
9 years old, York, donning my Kodak Instamatic camera and Storm Force badge…

With that in mind, I’m sure you can begin to imagine how pleased I was to hear from Jon Jones, the editor of Storm Force, a few months ago to ask if I’d be happy to be interviewed for an article in the magazine some 30 years on.

Would I be happy? Yes, Jon!

So, interview we did and last week, I knew what would be inside the envelope carrying that logo I do so love — my copies of the magazine that’s now landing on the doormats of many a happy young RNLI fan across the country.

The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe

The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe
There’s even an LSP-related word search!


In making this article, a little slice of my relationship with the RNLI had gone full circle.

In all honesty, it meant to so much to me that I was just as excited to read this piece as I was to read Riders on the Storm in The Independent Magazine last month!

If you know a young Lifeboat enthusiast who might like to join Storm Force, you can find more information here:

Join Storm Force!


Speaking of the circle of life, I’d like to dedicate this post to Rosie, our 13 year old lurcher who passed away on Tuesday.

As I mentioned at the time on my Instagram feed:

“You were a crabby old thing but you will always be the first dog with whom I truly bonded, the one that showed me the joy of owning a dog. You were so amenable, and such a good girl. I will miss you very much…”

The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe
Flying the flag to the last: Rosie on 8th August, passed away ten days later on 18th August 2015.


  1. Lovely dedication to Rosie, Jack – I’m so sorry to hear your sad news, I was very fond of Rosie and what a beautiful image to remember her by. Wonderful to see your project in Storm Force, congratulations! Jane

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