Royal occasion for Hartlepool RNLI Chairman
Hartlepool RNLI Chairman Malcolm Cook and wife Marjorie rubbed shoulders with royalty recently following an in invite to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in recognition for his work at the Ferry Road lifeboat station over the years.
Malcolm who has been a member of the RNLI at Hartlepool for over 30 years said ‘It was a complete surprise to receive the invite but an honour and a privilege to be able to attend the event’.
‘There were thousands of people present but we still managed to bump into a few other people from Hartlepool and we also caught a glimpse of Princess Anne and the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were also present’.
‘I was stopped several times by guests when they noticed my RNLI badge and they had nothing but praise for our volunteer crewmembers and the service we provide which made me feel exceptionally proud to be part of the charity that saves lives at sea’.
‘It’s not every day that you get the chance to have a cup of tea and a piece of cake at Buckingham Palace but it’s just as good to fly the flag for the Hartlepool RNLI in London’.
‘Overall we had a fantastic day with memories that will stay with us forever’.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.