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New President for Cromer RNLI

Updated: Apr 7, 2018


Tony Webster - Cromer's New RNLI President

Tony Webster, our previous chairman, has been appointed President. He had previously been a dedicated and inspirational Chairman for the past 36 years before taking a well deserved retirement from the role.


The position of President, although mainly promoting the well being of Cromer RNLI locally and in the wider community also includes ceremonial duties, presenting awards, hosting receptions and attending events as an official representative of Cromer RNLI.


During his long tenure as Chairman, Tony said there had been many highlights including:

• Meeting the Duke of Kent at naming ceremonies in 1986 and 2008 • Attending several Inshore Lifeboat naming ceremonies. • Inviting the late Ronnie Corbett to open the Henry Blogg Museum. Ronnie had started his stage career in 1953 in Cromer. • Liaised with the late Peter Cadbury to achieve the return of the H F Bailey – Henry Bloggs lifeboat in Cromer during the war years. This is now the number 1 exhibit in the henry Blogg Museum. • During his chairman tenure, his wife Peggy was Chair of the Cromer ladies Lifeboat Guild.


Tony said he was taking on a role which had been vacant for many years since Dr Barclay had given up the position.



Derek said that he was delighted that Tony had accepted the role of President and added that the Management Group and Crew welcome this deserved appointment.

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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.