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Cromer RNLI Coxswain retires after 36 years of service.

June 2018 marked the end of an era at Cromer Royal National Lifeboat Institution Lifeboat Station as our long-serving coxswain John Davies has retired.

John Davies, Cromer

John has always been proud of his Cromer heritage and always had a passionate interest in the RNLI being the eighth generation of the Davies family to have served on the lifeboats. Johns distinguished family history not only includes Henry Blogg but also his father Richard William Davies.


During his 36 years of dedicated service John has crewed and skippered several RNLI lifeboats – most recently the state-of-the-art Tamar class Lester. John’s skill, courage and knowledge of the local waters are well known as demonstrated by the many rescues in which he has been involved over the years. Along with his skill and dedication as a coxswain, John has long been recognised as a great ambassador for the work of the RNLI and has often supported local fundraising events. He has always made a point of highlighting the many attractions of Cromer and North Norfolk to national audiences.


John is to be celebrated as a man of many parts but in particular we recognise his leadership of the charity's volunteer Cromer crew. He has been a sound example and mentor to many young recruits to the lifeboat service.


John remarked, ‘The crew have been my family for the last thirty years. I've seen these lads grow up and flourish and I will enjoy watching them take over the reins. The lifeboat has been in Cromer for over 200 years and we are merely custodians of it at a certain time, it will carry on for years long after we've all gone’.

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In Cromer there are two boathouses, one for the All-Weather Lifeboat "Lester" on the pier and the other for the Inshore Lifeboat on the east promenade. This boathouse was originally built in 1902 for the then rowing and sailing lifeboat Louisa Heartwell. Also on the east promenade you'll find the Henry Blogg Lifeboat Museum. The whole town is proud of the man referred to as 'the greatest of the lifeboatmen', who gained national fame in the first half of the 20th century when navigation around the Norfolk coastline was particularly hazardous in easterly gales.