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Richard Leeds has stepped back from role as Lifeboat Operations Manager

After over 25 years association with Cromer RNLI, Richard has decided to step back from his role as Lifeboat Operations Manager. We are all saddened at Richard stepping down as Lifeboat Operations Manager but due to his other outside commitments in the Community he felt it was for the benefit of Cromer RNLI.

Photo: Derek Hinds and Richard Leeds

In this role Richard had been responsible for the RNLI All Weather Lifeboat Station and the Inshore Station to ensure they were able to launch any time of day and night when requested. He was also responsible for the crew, day to day operations working with the coxswains, the Deputy Launch authorities and Lifeboat Mechanic, a Major responsibility which was all voluntary!

To mark his service at Cromer Richard was presented with a framed certificate which listed his many roles.

Derek Hinds, Chairman, Cromer RNLI Management Group said, ‘Richard will be missed by all in his role at the station and we wish him well in his other commitments, but we know Richard will always be part of Cromer RNLI now and in the future.

We are all saddened at Richard stepping down as Lifeboat Operations Manager; at Cromer we could have not had a more dedicated man who has given service not only to Cromer RNLI but to the RNLI in general’


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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.