Stewart honoured for 28 years of RNLI service

Bridlington Golf Club.'Retirment dinner for Coxwain Stuart McKie.'NBFP PA1343-14c'Presentation to his wife Wendy

Bridlington Golf Club.'Retirment dinner for Coxwain Stuart McKie.'NBFP PA1343-14c'Presentation to his wife Wendy

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A dedicated Bridlington lifesaver has finally called time on his service with the RNLI after 28 years.

Coxswain Stewart McKie, 55, was honoured for his time with the crew with a special retirement dinner at Bridlington Golf Club on 25 October.

Around 80 friends and colleagues past and present joined the celebration as the long serving coxswain and mechanic was given a great send off.

Stewart said: “It was really nice seeing a few faces from the past and from other stations in the area and I’d like to thank everyone for the diving watch they got me as a present.

“It’s been great working here over the years and I’ve enjoyed the job, it keeps you on your feet and you never know what you might get thrown at you.

“Once I was on a training course with a crew I didn’t know but it became a real emergency situation when we had to rescue the passengers of another vessel which had caught fire three or four miles from us, it really got a group of strangers working together.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years, from the wooden lifeboats right up to the new high speed vessels that Brid will be getting in the next couple of years.

“Doing up classic cars is my passion so that is what I’ll be spending my time doing now and hopefully I’ll be on the road in one I’ve been doing up next summer.

“I’ve got great confidence in the guys who are stepping in now I’m gone, I’ve got no doubts that they will do a great job.”

Chris Brompton, who is taking over Stewart’s role as mechanic, said: “I’ve worked here for the past 23 years and it’s been great working with Stewart.

“It’ll be a big hole to fill now that he’s left, he’s hardly missed a thing in the years he’s been working here and it’ll be hard to replace someone with that much experience.”