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RNLI Lifelong supporters receive Cromer Town Award

Every year many volunteers support the RNLI in a variety of ways; this is usually unrecognised by the local community but enhances the work of the charity to the wider inhabitants of many towns. On Wednesday 13 March, Cromer Town Council held their annual awards evening.


Mr & Mrs Webster, receiving their Cromer Honour Award

In recognition of their efforts in supporting RNLI Cromer over thirty years until Tony retired as chairman earlier this year, Mr and Mrs Webster received a Cromer Honour Award. Their knowledge of Cromer and its connection to the RNLI is amazing.


During his long tenure as Chairman Tony will be remembered for:


• Meeting the Duke of Kent at naming ceremonies of Cromer all weather lifeboats in 1986 and 2008

• Overseeing several Inshore Lifeboat naming ceremonies.

Tony oversaw the removal of the old life boathouse and the rebuilding of the present lifeboat house.

• He invited 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 and provided invaluable support to Tony.


After the ceremony Tony said ‘“It has been and remains our great privilege to be involved with the R.N.L.I and events within Cromer over a long period. We thank Cromer Town Council for this wonderful Award.

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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.