Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI mourns the loss of one of their lifeboat family.

Lifeboats News Release

Douglas Blackhall, known to everyone as ‘Spider’, stepped down from his duties at Berwick-upon-Tweed lifeboat station in November 2019, after 15 years service to the crew and station.

He joined the RNLI as shore crew in 2004 then became plant operator in 2013. During his time in service four lives were saved.

Sadly on 2 June 2020 Douglas passed away peacefully.

He will be remembered as a loyal, dependable member of the RNLI and how he jollied everyone along during a shout, with a story for every occasion.

Everyone at Berwick-upon-Tweed Life boat Station sends their condolences to his wife Jenny and two sons James and Craig.

Rest in Peace our dear friend, we will cherish the memories you leave behind.

Douglas Blackhall 'Spider'

RNLI/Hazel Bettison

Berwick-upon-Tweed mourns loss of Lifeboat Family member

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