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Holyhead RNLI crew recreate historic photo to commemorate coxswain's retirement

Lifeboats News Release

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.

Current crew, with outgoing coxswain Brian Thomson on the bridge (left) alongside mechanic Ian James

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Current Holyhead crew gather at Mackenzie Pier

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.

'Duke of Northumberland' steam-powered lifeboat, at the Mackenzie Pier, Holyhead

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The original 'Duke of Northumberland' photograph, taken early 1900's
Outgoing coxswain Brian Thomson MBE

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