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Newquay RNLI volunteers awarded for 50-years’ service

Lifeboats News Release

Two Newquay RNLI lifeboat volunteers, Norman & Janet Bailey, have been awarded Long Service medals by the RNLI, for their respective 50-years' service to the charity that saves lives at sea.

Norman and Janet, dressed in vintage lifeboat kit, collecting for the RNLI at on event on Porth Beach

Mandy Callaghan

Norman and Janet Bailey, seen at an event in 2018

Norman joined Newquay lifeboat crew in 1966, just one year after the station reopened, was awarded the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum for his bravery during the rescue of 11 people in dangerous conditions in 1973 and is currently Newquay lifeboat station chairman.

Over the same period, Norman’s wife Janet has been a dedicated fundraising volunteer for the lifeboat station and is currently chair of Newquay RNLI Ladies Guild. Janet said of the awards: ‘We are both proud to have been awarded the 50-years service medal and to have been involved with Newquay RNLI for so many years. The RNLI is a family, and at Newquay lifeboat station over the years we have been fortunate to have had so many dedicated crew, shore crew, fundraising volunteers and supporters and we thank them all’.

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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.

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