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Flamborough RNLI well represented at Royal Garden Party

Lifeboats News Release

Six representatives from Flamborough RNLI attended a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 23 May.

Five representatives stand-in in line with Buckingham Palace behind.


Representatives of Flamborough RNLI outside Buckingham Palace

The Royal Garden Party was held as part of The RNLI 200 year anniversary to recognise volunteers who have received a National award.

In attendance were David Freeman, Lifeboats operations Manager, Stuart Cross, Helmsman, along with his wife Diane, Scott Vardy, Helmsman, with his wife Anita who is Deputy Launching Authority at the station and Margaret Sharp, a long serving fund raiser for Flamborough RNLI. David Freeman, Scott Vardy, Stuart Cross and Margaret Sharp were all invited as recipients of RNLI long service awards.

David Freeman said 'It was a once in a lifetime experience and a great honour to represent Flamborough RNLI. It was a very enjoyable day.'

Scott Vardy said 'It was a great, memorable day and an honour to chat with the Princess Royal. We discussed the type of work we do including the issue of call outs relating to dogs falling from cliffs and the importance of giving advice to visitors to Flamborough to keep dogs on leads when walking on clifftop paths.'

The Princess Royal standing on the lawn speaking with Scott Vardy and others


The Princess Royal speaking with Scott Vardy and others.
David Freeman, Diane Cross, Stuart Cross and Anita Vardy sitting at a table on the lawn of Buckingham Palace.


Representatives of Flamborough RNLI sitting at table.

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