A royal occasion remembered by Hartlepool RNLI coxswain

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI Coxswain Robbie Maiden features on 'The National Lottery's Big Jubilee Street Party' tv programme this Saturday talking about the time he met the Queen at the Hartlepool lifeboat naming ceremony in 1977.


10 year old Robbie Maiden meeting the Queen back in 1977
The visit was part of The Queen’s Silver Jubilee, marking 25 years on the throne. Ten-year-old Robbie Maiden, the Hartlepool coxswain’s son, had the honour of meeting the special guest.
‘It was a very proud day for me, and one that I still remember,’ he says today. ‘The lifeboat crew had arranged for me to have my own RNLI Guernsey jumper and red woolly hat, so I looked like part of the crew. The Queen asked me that day if I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps. The answer was a resounding yes – and here I am today as the current coxswain!’
Watch out for a cameo role on the programme from lifeboat station mechanic Garry Waugh!


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