Over 200 years of dedicated service to the RNLI at Sheringham

Lifeboats News Release

Sheringham RNLI is celebrating over 200 years combined service to the RNLI with four of its senior station officers, between them they have contributed 214 years of service.


Pic caption - L-R - Trevor Holsey, David Mann, Clive Rayment & Chris Ayers, in front of the RNLI Oakley Class All-weather lifeboat, now in pride of place at Sheringham Museum. pic credit :
All served aboard the Oakley Class lifeboat Manchester Unity of Oddfellows and are still currently actively serving at Sheringham Lifeboat station in various positions.

Trevor Holsey, recently retired from the station as a Deputy Launching Authority, joined the crew in 1961, served as crew and then Second Coxswain and has been with the station for 57 years.

• David Mann, still serving as a Deputy Launching Authority, joined in 1969 and served as shore crew, crew and Second Mechanic.

• Clive Rayment, also still serving as Deputy Launching Authority, joined Cromer RNLI in 1975, serving as inshore lifeboat crew, Helmsman, all-weather lifeboat crew and Emergency Mechanic, he then left Cromer to join Sheringham Lifeboat in 1984 and served as Second Coxswain and Coxswain on the Manchester Unity ALB (all-weather boat) then becoming crew, Senior Helm and Mechanic when Sheringham received an inshore lifeboat.

In 1981 Clive received the RNLI’s Bronze Medal for gallantry for the rescue of two fishermen from a sunk fishing boat off East Runton in very stormy conditions.

• Chris Ayers retired this year after an amazing 63 years of service. Joining in 1956 on his 15th Birthday, Chris was shore crew, Winchman, all-weather lifeboat crew, Emergency Mechanic and Launching Tractor Driver before taking on a station officer roll.

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For further information please contact Sheringham Lifeboat Operations Manager, Brian Farrow, on 077486 41707.

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