Weymouth RNLI lifeboat station 150th anniversary dinner.

Lifeboats News Release

Saturday the 26th January 2019 was the 150th anniversary of Weymouth RNLI lifeboat station.

Weymouth LOM Malcolm Wright

RNLI/Ken Francis

LOM Malcolm Wright

To celebrate this milestone occasion over a hundred past and present volunteer crew along with other station personnel and family members gathered together for a dinner at the Crown Hotel.

The occasion was used to present RNLI awards to several past and present volunteer crew and station personnel.

Former Chair of the Ladies Guild and Events committee Di Ludlow presented Tye Shuttleworth with a 20 year long service badge, Michael Gill a bronze award, while John Harvey was awarded a Certificate of Service for his time as Branch Chairman/LOM/DLA. Will Bowditch was given a gift of an engraved paperweight for the medical service that he provided while Steve Pitman was presented with a reading lamp for his work as a DLA.

The Lifeboat Operations Manager Malcolm Wright presented RNLI certificates to Richard Garton, Matt Green, Jules Hutchings, Kevin Goddard, Ian Taylor, Graham Keates and Andrew Gould for services to the RNLI and Weymouth lifeboat station.

Coxswain of the lifeboat Andrew Sargent said that, 'It was a great night that we will all remember; we are now looking forward to the 150th anniversary party at the Pavilion on the 22nd March.'

LOM Malcolm Wright presents past crew member Graham Keates with a certificate.

RNLI/Ken Francis

LOM Malcolm Wright presents past crew member Graham Keates with a certificate.

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