RNLI members honoured

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BRIDLINGTON lifeboat crew, station volunteers and supporters came together for a presentation evening at Rags restaurant last week.

Many of the crew and station officials received praise and awards for their service and dedication.

Richard Dunk, Bridlington RNLI Chairman, praised all those who received awards and gave thanks to all who supported the lifeboat crews in their work.

Colonel Ian Bryce, Bridlington RNLI President, presented framed letters of thanks to two long serving station officers, David Stamford who was for many years the lifeboat operations manager and Mike Heaton, lifeboat training officer.

Mrs Ginny Heaton was presented with a gift from the station for her help in the stations administration.

Jason Webber, Jamie Webber, Peter Jones and Craig Akid received a five year crew tie for their service.

Twenty year service badges were awarded to Chris Brompton, Mark Crozier, John Wright and second coxswain Stuart Tibbett.

The RNLI recently presented individuals, who have served more than thirty or forty years, with a bar to their twenty year service badge. The first to collect his award for thirty years service on the crew and as a tractor driver was Ken Smith.

For his long service and dedication to Bridlington Lifeboats, and also the last crewman to be given the position of bowman, Paul Staveley recieved a forty year service bar.

Fred Walkington MBE, Bridlingtons longest serving coxswain, also received a forty year bar.

Chairman Richard Dunk thanked Fred for his immense contribution to the station and Col Ian Bryce presented Fred with a framed Vellum Certificate to mark his retirement from the RNLI with thanks for all his service.

The final presentation for the evening was a framed copy of a letter of thanks to the Bridlington station from RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier.

This was awarded to Helmsman Adrian Trower and his crew Grant Walkington, Stuart Tibbett and Chris Brompton for their rescue of two youths who got into difficulties whilst tombstoning in severe sea conditions in April this year.

A spokesman for the Bridlington RNLI said “The RNLI have been represented in Bridlington for over two hundred years and in that time we have seen many changes and in the coming years we will see even more, but the service and dedication of our crews and supporters has remained constant.”