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John takes over helm of Scarborough RNLI

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Dave Barry
Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Scarborough RNLI.

Start quoteI feel very proud and privileged to have been invited to take on this role. I am following in giant footsteps.End quote

Lifeboats News Release

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  • Author: Dave Barry

Seafront businessman and army reservist John Senior has a new role – running Scarborough’s lifeboat station.

Mr Senior has taken over from Steve Parker as lifeboat operations manager for the RNLI.

In his new role, he will oversee the smooth and efficient running of the lifeboat station, which has 38 volunteers including boat crew, shore crew and the station’s only full-time employee, Dave Horsley.

Mr Horsley is the station mechanic, a coxswain and carries out most of the administrative duties.

During Mr Senior’s tenure, the current Mersey class lifeboat should be replaced by a state-of-the-art Shannon class lifeboat called the Frederick William Plaxton, after a prominent local RNLI benefactor.*

Mr Senior said:‘I feel very proud and privileged to have been invited to take on this role. I am following in giant footsteps.’

After stepping down, Mr Parker paid tribute to the chairman of the station’s management group - Colin Woodhead, the fundraising ladies guilds, the Shoreline Club and Mike Turner and his team of RNLI shop volunteers.

He praised the work of the lifeboat crews and launch and recovery shore crew, adding: ‘For 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, these volunteers are ready and able to freely give their time and commitment to our great cause of helping to save lives at sea.

‘I know my predecessors, Colin Lawson, George Exley and Fred Normandale, felt the same sense of pride and achievement of having led this great lifeboat station, steeped in 213 years of history.’

Mr Parker paid tribute to coxswain Tom Clark: ‘Tom has completed 11 years of exceptional service in command of the lifeboat and remains committed and dedicated to his role to inspire and lead from the front. He and his deputies, Wave Crookes, Dave Jackson, Lee Marton and Paul Huggins, form a formidable training and command team.’
RNLI Picture caption

The photo shows, left to right: outgoing operations manager Steve Parker, his successor, John Senior, and coxswain Tom Clark. Photo credit: Dave Barry.

Notes to editors

Scarborough RNLI's Shannon Class lifeboat:

In 2015, Scarborough RNLI’s current all-weather Mersey class lifeboat Fanny Victoria Wilkinson and Frank Stubbs, will be nearing the end of her operational life.  She is set to be replaced by the newest member of the RNLI fleet, a Shannon class lifeboat.

Scarborough RNLI’s £2M Shannon class lifeboat has been funded by donations from the F W Plaxton Charitable Trust.

The F W Plaxton Charitable Trust was set up following the death of the settlor Frederic ‘Eric’ Plaxton to ensure that the proceeds of his estate be applied to charitable purposes for the benefit of the inhabitants of Scarborough in memory of his father, Frederick William Plaxton.

Frederick William Plaxton was the founder of Scarborough-based coach building firm Plaxton Ltd, and the new lifeboat will be named in his memory.

Launching equipment appeal:

In September 2013, the RNLI began an appeal to raise £200,000 towards the cost of a state-of-the-art Supacat vehicle which is needed to launch their new Shannon class lifeboat.

The total cost of the Supacat launch and recovery vehicle is £1.5M. Scarborough RNLI’s Supacat will be part-funded by two separate legacies. The RNLI hopes that the appeal will raise the remaining £200,000.

RNLI Media contacts

For further information, call Scarborough RNLI press officer Dave Barry on 07890 322992.

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Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 237 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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