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Bridlington and Flamborough RNLI remembers loss of colleague 70 years on

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Volunteers from both Bridlington and Flamborough RNLI joined family members to remember the sad loss of two young girls and colleague who lost their lives in 1952.

At Thornwick Bay, Bridlington RNLI Coxswain hands wreath to Flamborough RNLI.

Rodney Newton

Wreath ceremony at Thornwick Bay.

Friday, 19 August 1952, marked 70 years since tragedy hit the village of Flamborough when two young girls, Joan Ellis (aged 16), Gillian Fox (aged 16) and the bowman of the Bridlington Lifeboat, Robert P Redhead (aged 55) lost their lives at Thornwick Bay.

On Friday morning (19 August 2022) family members and volunteer crew from both Bridlington and Flamborough RNLI gathered at Thornwick Bay in order to lay wreaths at the WW2 defence bunker and remember the anniversary of the tragedy led by Father Tony Wilson (Selby). Also present were Robert’s daughter-in-law Judith, and his granddaughter Diana. Amongst the attendees was Mr Ken Fox who as a 12 year old boy had spent the day playing with Joan and Gillian and witnessed the terrible events later that day.

On Sunday (21 August 2022), the Bridlington all weather lifeboat ‘Antony Patrick Jones’ entered Thornwick Bay and laid wreaths in memory of both girls and Robert, along with family members, including Judith and Diana, Mr Fox and volunteer crew from both Bridlington and Flamborough RNLI who watched from the cliff top. Flamborough's B-Class lifeboat ’Elizabeth Jane Palmer’ was also due to attend, however, just before the wreath laying was called out on service so sadly did not take part.

Afterwards, Judith and Diana attended the Bridlington RNLI lifeboat station to unveil a plaque in memory of Robert B Redhead, grandson of Robert Redhead, who sadly died in 1996.

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Notes to Editors: Members of the Redhead family and Mr Fox (no relation to the deceased) are not available for comment. Photos are credited to Mike Milner (Lifeboat Press Officer Bridlington) and Rodney Newton as indicated in the copyrights

Bridlington all weather boat at Thornwick Bay

RNLI/Mike Milner

Bridlington all weather Boat at Thornwick Bay
Father Tony Wilson leads the service

Rodney Newton

Father Tony Wilson
Judith and Diana with volunteer crew at unveiling of plaque at Bridlington Lifeboat Station

RNLI/Mike Milner

Judith and Diana with volunteer crew at unveiling of plaque at Bridlington Lifeboat Station
Bridlington RNLI Volunteer's at Thornwick Bay

Rodney Newton

Bridlington RNLI Volunteer's at Thornwick Bay
Volunteer crew of Bridlington Lifeboat with Judith and Diana Redhead

RNLI/Mike Milner

Volunteer crew of Bridlington Lifeboat with Judith and Diana Redhead

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