Royal appointment for Redcar RNLI volunteer
Tony Wild, a volunteer helm at the RNLI lifeboat station at Redcar, North Yorkshire, had an appointment with royalty on Thursday 31 May 2018 when he attended the Queen's Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
Her Majesty The Queen attended, together with His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent. His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge and other members of the Royal Family also attended the garden party.
Tony Wild said: 'It was a complete surprise when the invitation arrived last month. We've both been really looking forward to going.
'It's a great honour to represent the RNLI, and particularly to represent our lifeboat station.'
Tony receives his 20-year long-service badge from the RNLI this year.
The Queen has been Patron of the RNLI since 1952 and the Duke of Kent the President of the Institution since 1969.
Notes to editors:
• Redcar lifeboat station has been operating since 1802
• Redcar currently operates a B-class lifeboat named Leicester Challenge III, paid for by the people of Leicester, and an IB1-class lifeboat named Eileen May Loach-Thomas, paid from the legacy of the late Mr Nick Thomas of Shropshire
• Any images used should be credited RNLI/Redcar unless indicated
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