Well-deserved formal recognition for Llandudno’s full-time Station Mechanic
After 20 years as the full-time mechanic Les has received an official Royal National Lifeboat Institution Framed Certificate of Service marking his extraordinary record and expressing the thanks of the Trustees of the RNLI.
Les also received an award from the RNLI to recognise his dedicated service as a member of the town's lifeboat crew for over thirty years in March 2018. He first volunteered for the crew in early 1986, working his way up to assistant mechanic before being appointed to his present post as full-time Station Mechanic in 1999. He is a qualified RNLI Shannon-class lifeboat Coxswain and holds the RYA Yacht master certificate. As full-time station mechanic it has been Les’s role to ensure that the station’s lifeboats and her life-saving equipment are kept in first rate condition and ready to answer the next emergency call.
Captain Marcus Elliot Lifeboat Operations Manager for Llandudno RNLI said ‘It’s a tremendous achievement by Les, to not only work full-time at both our old and new lifeboat stations, but also to have be on call, for over 30 years. He is invaluable to the operations of the new station and has played a key role during the transition to the new Shannon Lifeboat. Les has given a huge part of his life to Llandudno RNLI and we are all very proud and honoured to have him as a trusted colleague.'
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.