Blyth RNLI volunteer receives long service award for 20 years RNLI service
Graham Short, who is a helm at Blyth RNLI has received his 20 year award for service to the RNLI.
Graham who is also a volunteer mechanic at Blyth RNLI joined the crew in 1999 and has progressed to be a helm at the local lifeboat station in Blyth.
During his time, Graham has assisted with the move into the modern lifeboat station on Quay Road and the establishment of two inshore lifeboats in Blyth. He has also seen the number of volunteer crew grow over recent years.
Lifeboat Operations Manager Barry Pearson said, ‘After volunteering for 20 years, Graham is a valued member of the station and continues with the charity’s cause of saving lives at sea.
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