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Cromer RNLI volunteer awarded 20 year medal

With many years service supporting the RNLI including Cromer, Richard Annis has been awarded a twenty years service medal.


Richard’s association with the RNLI began in 1997 when he became the Cheshire Branch Chairman a role he continued until 2006.

In 2006 he joined the shore crew at RNLI Cromer, which meant he was involved in various roles:

  • Talus driver for beach launch/recovery while boathouse was updated for the arrival of

  • Lester – all weather lifeboat

  • Winch operator

  • Visits Officer (LVO)

  • Training Co-ordinator (LTC)

  • Deputy Launch Authority (DLA)

Since 2018 he has been a current member of the Visits team.

Everyone at RNLI Cromer sends their congratulations to Richard.


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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.