Recognition and awards for 2 Cullercoats RNLI volunteers
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.
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’.
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 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.