Ramsgate RNLI celebrates long relationship with local yacht club

Lifeboats News Release

Yesterday evening (Thursday July 26) during the Ramsgate Week festivities, a presentation took place to mark Rod Oates retirement from his long years of service supporting Ramsgate RNLI.

Rod Oates with Ramsgate RNLI Chairman Eric Burton, Ron Cannon's son Paul Cannon deputy Coxswain and Ray Noble RNLI fund raising and ex crew.

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Rod Oates with Ramsgate RNLI Chairman Eric Burton, Ron Cannon's son Paul Cannon deputy Coxswain and Ray Noble RNLI fund raising and ex crew.
Eric Burton, Chairman of Ramsgate RNLI explained how back in 1980 Rod Oates had been asked by Ron Cannon to join the crew, sadly due to work commitments Rod had to decline but instead he became the Royal Temple Yacht Club’s representative on the station's Management Committee and was instrumental in creating the close relationship we enjoy with them today.

Rod went on to become a trustee of the Yacht Club and is amongst their longest serving members. However with the passing of his close friend former Ramsgate RNLI Coxswain Ron Cannon MBE in January this year he felt that after 38 years it was time to step down from his role with the RNLI and enjoy his retirement.

He was taken completely unawares that a presentation on his behalf was to take place, having been invited up on the pretext of a meet and greet with an unnamed VIP, and was, for once, left speechless when he found himself to be the guest of honour. Paul Cannon, deputy Coxswain and Ron Cannon’s son was also there to give his congratulations and thanks. Rod was presented with a photograph of Ramsgate RNLI station at night.

Our thanks to the Royal Temple Yacht Club for allowing us to make this presentation during their busy regatta, and we would like to thank them for all their hard work fund raising for us during the year. As a charity we are entirely funded by public donations and every penny helps us to continue Saving Lives at Sea.

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Eric Burton presenting the photograph to Rod Oates.

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Eric Burton presenting the photograph to Rod Oates.

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