Holyhead RNLI crew recreate historic photo to commemorate coxswain's retirement
The new year marks a new chapter in the history of Holyhead lifeboat station when dedicated RNLI Coxswain Brian Thomson retired at the end of a long career at sea.
Brian, 64, of Walthew Avenue, Holyhead, officially retires at midnight on New Year’s Eve, after serving the station for 44 years, 14 of them as coxswain.
To mark the occasion, current crew members gathered to recreate an historic photograph, taken approximately 100 years ago of the ‘Duke of Northumberland’ steam powered lifeboat at Holyhead’s Mackenzie Pier.
The new photo shows the current crew alongside the current Holyhead RNLI all weather lifeboat, the Christopher Pearce, with Brian Thomson and mechanic Ian James on the bridge, and incoming coxswain Tony Price also pictured second left, portside.
Brian, who was awarded the MBE during his career for his services to the RNLI, said he is looking forward to spending more time with his wife Lorraine, his two grown up children and his three grandchildren.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.