End of an era for Whitby RNLI Chaplain and Press Officer

Lifeboats News Release

The Revd Canon David Smith has received a certificate for nine years loyal service to the RNLI

​​The certificate was presented to David Smith for his dedication to the Whitby RNLI crew. During his time as the Rector of Whitby with Ruswarp, he gave up his spare time to provide support to the Whitby volunteers and their families. Acting as chaplain for the station he saw the crew through happy times and sad. From christenings aboard the lifeboat, to funerals, and emotional support after difficult call outs.

Coxswain at Whitby, Mike Russell, said "David became more than just a press officer and chaplain, he became a friend to us all. He saw us through some difficult times over the years. He will be sorely missed by the crew."
He added "We would like to thank David for his hard work, dedication and pork pies."

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