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Recognition and awards for 2 Cullercoats RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

At a RNLI awards ceremony, held at the Ramside Hotel in Durham recently, 2 Cullercoats RNLI volunteers were honoured with service awards. Both were presented with their honorary badges by Chairman of the RNLI, Charles Hunter-Pease, who personally thanked them for their commitment and loyal service.

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Frank Taylor receiving his Gold Badge

Frank Taylor was officially acknowledged for his dedication and service with RNLI. He was awarded a Gold Badge which is one of the highest accolades the RNLI bestow. His 31 years’ service includes 10 years as a shore crew member, 14 years as Launching Authority with the last 7 years as the Cullercoats Lifeboat Operations Manager.

Peter Clark, Senior Helmsman, was presented with his Long Service Badge. He joined Cullercoats Lifeboat 21 years ago. As a local fisherman, his knowledge of the coastline and seas has been a great advantage with his lifeboat skills, invaluable when dealing with rescue situations.

He passes this important knowledge and experience to our younger crew volunteers in our training sessions and exercises. A popular crew member with everyone at the station, Peter encourages a good team ethic between all the volunteers at Cullercoats and is well respected.

Cullercoats RNLI Chairman, David Wakenshaw, said; 'Frank and Peter have given their time and loyalty to the successful running and organising of the station to Help Save Lives at Sea. Their experience is extremely valuable and I am very pleased they have both been recognised with their awards. It is richly deserved’.

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Peter Clark receiving his Long Service Badge

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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 Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 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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