Medals and awards for St Bees Lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

Members of St Bees RNLI have this month been recognised for their service with a series of medals and awards. Crew members received Platinum Jubilee medals marking the Queens’s 70 years on the throne and other longer serving volunteers were presented with long service awards at an event in Edinburgh

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St Bees RNLI Jubilee medal recipients.

St Bees RNLI volunteers have been recognised for their commitment to saving lives at sea by being awarded a unique medal as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations. To earn the medal, the volunteers have completed five years of service.

Dick Beddows, St Bees RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said ‘It is an honour for our volunteers to be recognised for their service with the presentation of these commemorative medals. The station in St Bees is run entirely by volunteers and we could not carry out the RNLI’s mission of saving lives at sea without such a dedicated and committed team.’

The volunteers received their medals at a ceremony held at the lifeboat station earlier this month. The full list of volunteers who received the medal is as follows:

Alastair Graham, Chris Evans, Christopher Parr, Colin Wadey, Dalton Watson, David Barker, Dick Beddows, Ian Howard, Ian Wrigley, Jason Foxcroft, Joe Raymond, Liam McAvoy, Paul McDowell, Philip Hughes, Shaun Doran and Stephen Clifford.

As well as the Jubilee medals, a further three crew members were invited to a special Excellence in Volunteering event in Edinburgh to celebrate their long-term commitment of service to the RNLI. Lifeboat Helm David Barker and crew member Ian Howard were awarded for 20 years of service and Lifeboat Helm Paul McDowell was awarded for 40 of service.

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St Bees RNLI crew members L to R David Barker, Ian Howard and Paul McDowell at the Excellence in Volunteering Event in Edinburgh.

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