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Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI celebrating long service

Lifeboats News Release

On the 19 June 2022 the Chairman/President, Lifeboat Operations Manager and two crew were honoured and thanked for their long term commitment in saving lives at sea.

Left Mechanic Phil Paterson, Second Coxswain Robert Frost and Lifeboat Operation Manager Brian Cowan who have all served over 30 years each as volunteers for the RNLI

RNLI/Hazel Bettison

RNLI Long Service Celebration
The celebration took Place at Hopetoun House in Edinburgh to celebrate and give thanks to those volunteers who had served more than 20 years up to one person giving 80 years voluntary service.

From Berwick- upon-Tweed lifeboat station, Chairman/President Ian Hay, Lifeboat Operations Manager Brian Cowan, Second Coxswain Robert Frost and Mechanic Phil Paterson, where able to attend.

The Chairman/President Ian Hay said: 'It was a great opportunity to meet other long serving volunteers, giving us a chance to share stories and experiences.'

The RNLI wish to thank and honour these volunteers, for their ceaseless loyalty, commitment and service. These people embody the RNLI's values of dependability and courage, selflessly keeping people safe around our coasts 24/7.

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For more information please contact Hazel Bettison, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer: [email protected]

Chairman/President of Berwick upon Tweed RNLI serves over 30 years, stands with his daughter who is also with the RNLI

RNLI/Hazel Bettison

Chairman/President Ian Hay serves over 30 years for the RNLI
Gathered together long serving RNLI volunteers who have served from 20 to 80 years selflessly 24/7 keeping us safe around our coast.

RNLI/Hazel Bettison

RNLI Long Serving Volunteers

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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