Norfolk and Suffolk’s lifeboat crew members received recognition this week, for their tireless efforts to keep our coast safe.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) with the Duke of Kent, Prince Edward, gave out several gold awards, one of the highest commendations from the institution, at the Barbican Theatre In London this week.
The awards were given out to many members of Great Yarmouth and Gorleston’s lifeboat stations.
These included Dr Tom Pace, a lifeboat medical advisor (LMA) for Great Yarmouth and Gorleston station for over 20 years. Jim Carter, who has also been at the stations for 22 years, and June Fuller from the stations guild, who has benn treasurer for over 25 years.
The awards also saw a gold award given to Frank Muirhead, who has served over 36 years in the RNLI. Jacqui Palmer, manager of the North Norfolk Lifeboat Museum told the Evening News about Frank,
“Frank is an inspiration. His tenacity and enthusiasm ensured we have a wonderful collection of photographs, objects and archives of Cromer’s lifeboat heritage to share here at the museum. He always emphasises how important it is to work as a team and without teamwork the RNLI would achieve very little.”
Norfolk has a proud coastal culture. The many people who serve the RNLI keep our beaches and waters safe year round , so that we can all enjoy the wonderful Norfolk coast.