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RNLI Cromer Coxswain marks 30 Years Service

One of Cromer RNLI’s coxswains, Ady Woods hasrecently celebrated thirty years service at Cromer.


Ady Woods

Ady commented ‘The reason I joined the RNLI or more to the point, Cromer Lifeboat, was to help others who I may need the help of myself one day, and to give something back to the community.


I joined as early as I could, which was on my 17th Birthday with my parents consent, prior to this though I had been a regular visitor to the station, learning about the boat and helping to keep it clean and maintained for part of my Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.


First I joined the ILB crew before moving onto the ALB.


Probably the two most memorable calls would be firstly when we went to the aid of the yacht the ‘Tange of Whitby’, this was on 6th November 1998 on the relief Mersey class lifeboat ‘Her Majesty The Queen’ when the coxswain Billy Davies was awarded an RNLI Vellum for the service and the crew – of which I was one – got RNLI certificates.


The second would be when we launched the same night as when we held our Ball to celebrate 200 years of Lifeboats in Cromer, the evening had come to a finish when the alerters sounded and we launched in our DJ’s.This was to the yacht Suli Suli which took place in the early hours of 27th June 2004 with the ‘Ruby and Arthur Reed II’ lifeboat.


Another memorable time would be receiving my 20 years long service medal from the late Richard Davies, a man who has had a great impression on my life boating life’.


Cromer RNLI has a long history of brave volunteers such as Ady. When he knew he had achieved 30 years service he stressed that he was one person who is always willing to help anyone who needs it. He also said ‘I continue to be a committed member of a team and am proud to be able to have served and will continue to do so’.




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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.