Lifeboat station team pays tribute to visits officer Alan
Alan Walker was Bridlington Lifeboat Station’s Lifeboat Education and Visits Officer for nearly 14 years.
His sad death has prompted a wave of tributes in honour of the former volunteer.
When the news broke that Alan had passed away, Bridlington Lifeboat Station’s flag was flown at half mast and when the crew gathered for their next exercise, a minute’s silence was held.
It’s thought that Alan had been involved with Bridlington Lifeboat Station since 2005.
He was officially made Lifeboats education and visit officer in June 2007, a role which involves showing visiting schools, colleges and other groups around the boathouse helping to educate the public about water safety and the RNLI’s work.
Alan would also travel throughout the area spreading the RNLI’s message.
Alan was well regarded in the local community and his death has also seen tributes sent in from Regional staff and the RNLI’s head office in Poole.
Community Manager, Lesley Robson, said: “I’m very sorry for all of you who knew and volunteered alongside Alan, he was one of the best and so dedicated to the RNLI at Bridlington.
“He always had the largest numbers (by far!) of groups of young people visiting the station… I don’t think we will see many of his kind again.”
“Alan helped and educated thousands of both young and old people alike on water safety and his delivery of crucial water safety advice has undoubtedly saved lives.
In 2014 Alan was awarded the RNLI’s Bronze Award for his services to the charity.
Richard Dunk, who was Bridlington RNLI’s Chairman when Alan was volunteering, added his voice to the tributes.
He said: “Alan’s involvement was immense and rightly recognised with an award from the RNLI.
“Our thanks also to his wife Anne who individually and collectively had a huge part in Alan’s undoubted contribution to the Station.’
Whilst Covid regulations meant only a small number of people were able to attend his funeral, the funeral cortege did travel past Bridlington Lifeboat Station, giving volunteers and crew both past and present the opportunity to pay their respects safely. The station was honoured to be represented at his funeral service.
If anyone wishes to make a donation in Alan’s memory they may do so by visiting the station’s Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/friends-of-bridlington-rnli-lifeboat-station or in person donations can be made at any of Bridlington Lifeboat’s shops.