Volunteers at Redcar RNLI receive the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee medal

Lifeboats News Release

Redcar RNLI crew with a total of 330 years of voluntary service between them were honoured to receive the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee medal this weekend.

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Members of Redcar RNLI crew with Mr Trevor Watson JP DL

The medals were presented to them by the Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mr Trevor Watson JP DL. The medal given to Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteers was in recognition of the 65,886 lives the charity has saved during Her Majesty’s 70 year reign.

The commemorative medal was created to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and follows a long tradition of awarding medals to mark Royal Jubilee celebrations, this being the fourth medal awarded during Her Majesty The Queen’s reign.

As well as being awarded to RNLI volunteers and frontline staff, those who serve in the emergency services, prison services and Armed Forces who have completed five years consecutive service will also receive the award.

Dave Cocks, Chairman of the Redcar RNLI lifeboat station, said 'It was an honour to welcome the Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mr Trevor Watson JP DL, to present the Platinum Jubilee medals'.

'Behind each medal is a story of countless hours of dedication and it is fitting that Her Majesty should acknowledge the commitment of the volunteers at Redcar RNLI as she reaches the incredible landmark of 70 years on the throne.'

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