High Sheriff of Durham visit to Hartlepool RNLI
The High Sheriff of Durham Mrs Caroline Peacock and husband Jonathan were visitors to the Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat station as part of a tour of the town with the Mayor and Mayoress of Hartlepool coun Paul and Mary Beck.
Following the tour of the Ferry Road lifeboat station the High Sheriff said: 'It’s been inspiring to come here and learn about the work of the RNLI volunteers who launch to around 50 or 60 call outs a year and I am very impressed by the kit they wear and the training they take part in to save lives at sea. It’s been a most enjoyable visit.'
Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Chris Hornsey said: ‘It was a pleasure to meet the high Sheriff and the Mayor and Mayoress of Hartlepool who showed a great deal of interest in the work of the volunteer crew members and the training involved here and we hope to welcome them back again in the future.'
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