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Two past crew at RNLI Cromer awarded medals

Two past crew members have been awarded long service medals by the RNLI. The medals were in recognition of the many years they volunteered at RNLI Cromer.


Ted (Edwin) Luckin’s medal, has a bar across it, showing the 60 years he has served at RNLI Cromer. Whilst Paul Russell was awarded his with a bar showing 30 years as a volunteer for the RNLI.


Ted has spent 40 years with Cromer Lifeboat as a crew member in such roles as Senior helmsman, Winch operator and boatcrew. Ted was first invited to be a member of crew by Coxswains ‘Shrimp’ Davies and ‘Tuna’ Harrison and during his time he has served under seven Honorary Secretary’s (or Life Boat Operations Managers as they are now called).


For the last few years Ted has diligently looked after the appearance and cleanliness of the main boathouse at the end of Cromer pier, in addition to his role as Treasurer of the Cromer RNLI crew fund.


Paul was a long serving member of the crew, having 16 years dedicated service at Cromer RNLI.Before becoming a winchman he was a valued member of the shore crew, their role is to assist with launching andrehousing the lifeboat when it returns from a call for help or a training exercise. He helped launch and recover various classes of Royal National Lifeboat Institution, a charity registered in Isle of Man (58,64,277,278,282), England and Wales (209603), Scotland (SC037736), the Republic of Ireland (20003326) and the Bailiwick of Jersey (14) lifeboat including both the slipway launched Tyne and Tamar all weather lifeboats, plus the beached launched Mersey lifeboat.


His last role was as head winchman and Paul has an amazing knowledge of Cromer Lifeboats and has published books using his vast portfolio of pictures and associated historical notes .Before moving to Cromer Paul also served for over 20 years on the committee of the Hitchin & District Branch of the RNLI.


Derek Hinds, Cromer RNLI Chairman, reflected: “These awards are very well deserved. With Pauls extensive knowledge of the history of Cromer RNLI combined with his 30 years active volunteering and Teds dedication over 60 years this has made them an invaluable part of Cromer RNLI and it shows volunteers who upholds the best values of the RNLI.”



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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.