Newbiggin Volunteer 90th birthday
Tim Martin our oldest volunteer celebrated his 90th birthday on station.
Tim has always been a part of the Newbiggin Lifeboat family beginning his days on the Liverpool class lifeboat 'Richard Ashley' during the 1950's with a role eventually as second mechanic. Tim continued his voluntary lifesaving on the next and final offshore lifeboat here 'Mary Joicey' where he was part of the delivery crew from the Buckie boatyard and was awarded a Vellum certificate for a difficult rescue in 1975. In later years he took on roles including winch man, tractor driver and deputy launching authority then onto his current role as boathouse manager.
Tim's voluntary commitment to the RNLI has been continuous over the last 65 years and he was recently award the RNLI medal for his services. He continues to support the station in any way he can including sign writing the black service boards.
Outside the RNLI Tim was part of the delivery team for the Newbiggin Maritime Centre which included bring home our last offshore lifeboat 'Mary Joicey', carrying out its restoration and housing it on permanent display in the new Centre. He also brought back and restored Newbiggin's first lifeboat tractor T50 which was found derelict in Ireland.
For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or richard_martin[email protected] or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789
If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local website.
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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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