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Whitby RNLI volunteers pay tribute to shop manager Barrie Lazenby.

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The station flag has been at half mast after Barrie sadly passed away last week.

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Barrie Lazenby outside the RNLI shop in Whitby.
Barrie Lazenby was a loyal RNLI volunteer and had been the shop manager at Whitby for over two years, contributing to it being one of the countries most successful RNLI shops, raising vital funds for the charity.

Barrie will be sadly missed by his fellow shop volunteers as well as the lifeboat crew and Friends of Whitby Lifeboat (FOWLS).

Maria Taylor, Chair of the FOWLS said: 'We would like to express our sadness and condolences to Barrie's family following the sad news of his death last week. Barrie will be sadly missed not only as the shop manager but for his active role with the FOWL who he has fully supported since taking on the role. We had forged a great working relationship between FOWL and the shop volunteers due to Barrie's commitment.'

Howard Fields, Coxswain of Whitby Lifeboat said: 'We are very grateful for Barrie's dedication and hard work he gave to the RNLI, and we send our condolences to his family and co-workers.'

Barrie's funeral will be held on Thursday 2 March at 10.30am at St Margaret's Church in Brotton followed by refreshments at Redcar Cricket Club.

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