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Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteer honoured at local civic service

Lifeboats News Release

Burnham-on-Sea Deputy Launch Authority, Dave Parsons has been presented with a civic award by Burnham and Highbridge town council at their annual civic service.

DLA Dave Parsons with his civic award certificate

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DLA Dave Parsons with his civic award certificate

The award is in part for the work he carries out with the RNLI. A brief summary of the citation appears below:-

‘Dave Parsons has been involved with Burnham RNLI for over 16 years, and has been a tractor driver for one of the tracked vehicles that launches the lifeboats. Dave also assists the RNLI treasurer and has been chairman and treasurer of the Burnham Allotment Holders Association for 28 years.’

The award was presented by Sherriff of Somerset Johnnie Halliday, at St Andrews Church in Burnham-on-Sea, during a dedicated church service, which was attended by 150 guests and representatives from local community organisations. After the ceremony, participants, and honoured guests retired to a delicious cream tea at Southwell Gardens in Highbridge,

Burnham-on-Sea Lifeboat Operations Manager Matt Davies says; ‘We are extremely proud to see Dave Parsons receive a civic award on behalf of Burnham & Highbridge Town Council. Dave has been a member of the RNLI team for over 16 years in various roles and today continues as a Deputy Launch Authority and our Boathouse Manager. His continued efforts help keep the Station ready and operational along with giving authorisation for the boats to launch on service at a moments notice, he is a great asset to both the RNLI and local community.

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Dave Parsons with his newly presented award

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Lifeboat Operations Manager Matthew Davies, Dave Parsons and Senior Helm Nick Edrich

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A past image of Dave Parsons accepting his Jubilee medal from RNLI inspector Nigel Jones

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Lifeboat Operations Manager Matthew Davies, Dave Parsons and Senior Helm Nick Edrich

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Lifeboat Operations Manager Matthew Davies, Dave Parsons and Senior Helm Nick Edrich
A past image of Dave Parsons accepting his Jubilee medal from RNLI inspector Nigel Jones

RNLI/Mike Lang

A past image of Dave Parsons accepting his Jubilee medal from RNLI inspector Nigel Jones

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