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CEO presents long service awards to three Lyme Regis Johns

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI's CEO Mark Dowie this week presented long service medals to three lifeboat crew members inLyme Regis...all named John.

Long service-left to right, John Rickard, John Bird, RNLI CEO Mark Dowie, John Cable.

RNLI/Richard Horobin

Long service - left to right, John Rickard, John Bird, CEO Mark Dowie, John Cable.
The three, who have been volunteer crew for more than sixty years between them, are John Cable, John Bird and John Rickard.
Mr Dowie told the trio :"Giving twenty years of your free time to any cause is a major commitment.
"You do very much more than you thought you would do when you joined, and I bet the people round here feel a lot safer because of what you do."
In his twenty years John Cable has been shore crew, tractor driver, lifeboat crew and Deputy Launching Authority.
John Bird has been shore and sea-going crew during his twenty years of volunteering and is also a tractor driver for the launching and recovery of the lifeboat.
John Rickard has been shore crew throughout his twenty years and is also vice chairman of the successful fund-raising group the Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters who organise Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week which starts on July 24th.

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