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Bridlington RNLI Volunteers Awarded For Long Service

Bridlington RNLI Volunteers Awarded For Long Service

Published by Karen Liu at 11:53am 9th October 2019.

Volunteers at Bridlington RNLI have been awarded for their long service.

They gathered at the town's Rugby Club on Saturday (5th October) to honour and thank crew members.

In 1980 Ken enrolled as one of the inshore lifeboat crew, a position he held for 17 years.

During this time he received an award as one the inshore lifeboat crew that saved three men off the East coast in gale force winds.

As one of the stations offshore crew he was chosen to travel to the RNLI headquarters in Poole to be trained on the then new Mersey class lifeboat 'Peggy and Alex Caird' before sailing her home to Bridlington.

Ken later became a tractor driver, a position that would see him launch and recover the lifeboat and those on board safely in many difficult conditions.

Ken and his wife Julie are still involved with the lifeboat station and help with many fundraising events.

Senior Helm Ad Trower received a 20 year service badge which honours his many distinguished Inshore lifeboat calls over the years, along with his role with the RNLI flood rescue team.

On the arrival of the station's new Shannon lifeboat, Ad - already one of the lifeboat crew - was passed as a Shannon launch and recovery driver and Head Launcher.

Andy Rodgers, one of the station's four Coxswains, also received a 20 year service badge.

Andy is a qualified mechanic and has experience of sailing both lifeboats and yachts around the British Isles.

His late father Brian was one of Bridlington lifeboat's Deputy Launching Authorities and for a time lifeboat Honorary Secretary.

Five year ties are not awarded by the RNLI but are a local award for crew members who have completed five years service at Bridlington. The four recipients were Adam Morland, Ash Traves, Glyn Lambert and Andy Shewan.

Bridlington RNLI Volunteers award night
Bridlington RNLI Volunteers award night
Bridlington RNLI Volunteers award night

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