Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI Lifeboat Station pay their respects

Lifeboats News Release

Berwick-upon-Tweed Lifeboat Station, flew their flag at half-mast in memory of crewman Douglas 'Spider' Blackhall.

All members of the station lined the road today at 10am Monday 8 June to pay their respects as the hearse passed by, taking Douglas to his final resting place.

The father-of-two sadly died on 2 June.

Douglas was a loyal, dependable member of the RNLI.

He joined the RNLI as shore crew in 2004 before becoming plant operator in 2013. He stepped down from his duties in November 2019 after 15 years service

Coxswain Ali Laing said: ‘Spider will be missed by us all. He was a fantastic crew member.

‘He will be remembered for his dedication to the station but mostly for his quick wit, sense of humour and his stories for every occasion.’

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

For more information please telephone Hazel Bettison, Berwick RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07944 757578 or Brian Cowan, Berwick RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, on 07962 003238.

Crew line the street to say farewell to former crewman Douglas Blackhall as his hearse passes the lifeboat station.

Courtesy of Michael Stewart

Crew bid farewell to former crewman Douglas Blackhall
Lifeboat station flag flying at half-mast in memory of former crewman Douglas Blackhall.

RNLI/Hazel Bettison

RNLI flag at half-mast
Douglas Blackhall receiving his long service award

RNLI/Hazel Bettison

Douglas Blackhall

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