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Ramsgate RNLI crew member who proposed at station celebrates birth of his son

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Volunteer crew member Harry Hughes is hoping his newborn son will follow in his footsteps and join the RNLI at Ramsgate.

Harry, Kerry and baby Theo in front of the station's inshore lifeboat.

RNLI/Karen Cox

Harry, Kerry and baby Theo in front of the station's inshore lifeboat.

Last month Ramsgate Lifeboat Station witnessed a special occasion when Harry proposed to his girlfriend Kerry during a routine exercise.

Kerry, who was pregnant had been taken to the beach on a pretext of a sunny evening walk by her friends and Harry had arranged for a banner asking her to marry him to be unfurled as the Inshore lifeboat approached Ramsgate’s main sands. He then waded ashore and dropped to one knee to ask a very surprised Kerry to marry him.

The station is happy to announce that Kerry gave birth to a lovely boy on 9 May weighing 7.6lbs who they have called Theodore Dean Roy Hughes.

Speaking at Ramsgate RNLI station Harry told of his hopes that Theo will one day follow in his footsteps and join the RNLI. The couple have already coordinated the pram with the yellow welly theme as it is bright yellow and they are hoping to get some yellow wellies for Theo as soon as they can find some small enough!

The RNLI is a charity dedicated to saving lives at sea, and relies entirely on donations from the public and volunteers like Harry.

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Karen Cox, Volunteer RNLI Press Officer, Ramsgate on 07779 848431 coxinthebox63@gmail.com

Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Officer (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207416, 07786 668825 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

The bright yellow pram in front of the yellow wellies.

RNLI/Karen Cox

The bright yellow pram in front of the yellow wellies.
Harry proposes to Kerry during an exercise at the station.

RNLI/Chris Cox

Harry proposes to Kerry during an exercise at the station.

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