• Cromer RNLI

Presentation Evening

June 2018 marked the end of an era at Cromer Royal National Lifeboat Institution Lifeboat Station as when our long-serving coxswain John Davies retired. To mark his retirement along with several other stalwarts of Cromer RNLI, a presentation evening was held on 17 November at Northrepps Cottage Hotel.

Ady Barker and Ady Woods (Current Coxswains) present John Davies with an oil painting.

During his 36 years of dedicated service John 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 were well known as demonstrated by the many rescues in which he has been involved over the years. John was presented with an oil painting and vellum which described his long service to Cromer RNLI. John’s family proudly watched the presentations, not only from Cromer RNLI but also from Sheringham RNLI. At the presentation ceremony was Lee Firman – Area Lifesaving Manager for the RNLI - who made a presentation on behalf of the RNLI to John.

The evening also recognised other crew members who have retired after years of service. These included Peter Stokes – who was a relief mechanic as well as a crew member, Martin Steward – senior helmsman and Jason King – crew member.

Gordon Nichols, who is a serving member of Cromer RNLI was presented with a long service award.

Photos by Steven Burbidge & Martin Steward

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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.