RNLI Cromer Evening presents awards for many years’ service

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Cromer held a presentation evening on Friday 05 November 2021 to celebrate the many years’ experience and past service of ex crew and volunteers.

Tony and Peggy Webster and family

Photo of Tony and Peggy Webster and family Copyright RNLI/Richard Annis

The recipients of the RNLI awards were (in alphabetical order):

Adrian Barker

Steve Barrett – unable to attend

Robert Cadman – unable to attend

Billy Gaff

Richard Leeds – unable to attend

Paul Russell – unable to attend

David Syer

Rose Syer

Adrian Woods

In recognition of this incredible commitment to helping save lives at sea, long-service certificates have been presented to 9 volunteers whose service totalled 147 years.

Derek Hinds Chairman RNLI Cromer said, ‘Each merited their awards after giving our station so many years of dedication and it was right that we and the charity could thank them in this way'

During the evening, a special award was made to Tony and Peggy Webster in recognition of over 40 years volunteering for the RNLI. Tony has been chairman of Cromer RNLI for over 36 years and President for the past 4 years. During this tenure, his wife Peggy has supported Tony and has also been active in the Cromer Ladies Guild fundraising branch and has been Chair of the Guild and is now Vice President.

During this time Tony has overseen two naming ceremonies of ALBs in 1986 and 2008 plus numerous ILB ceremonies. Tony liaised with the late Peter Cadbury to achieve the return of the H F Bailey which was Henry Blogg’s lifeboat during the war years.

Apart of all of this, Tony and Peggy have since 1 January 1985 and up to 20 March 2020 have counted and banked all the money from the collecting boxes at the ALB house, the ILB house and the Henry Blogg Museum. A vital source of income for the RNLI.

John Redmond Lifeboat Operations Manager said “All our volunteers play a vital role in every launch, rescue, and life saved. Without the dedication of our boat crew, shore crew, fundraising teams, and many more besides, we wouldn't have been able to serve the community of Cromer since 1804. Even in this strangest of years, our volunteers have gone above and beyond, launching our lifeboats and it's wonderful to see this commitment recognised for these dedicated individuals. Thank you to all of them on behalf of all of us at Cromer lifeboat station”.

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