The High Sheriff of Lancashire honours the Lytham St Annes RNLI Lifeboat Station

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“Great and valuable service to the community” recognised

two men hold a certificate between them.

RNLI/David Forshaw

The High Sheriff of Lancashire and Pete Whalley of Lytham St Annes RNLI

A group representing all the Lifeboat Station volunteers travelled to County Hall at Preston on Monday 26th March 2018 to meet the High Sheriff of Lancashire, Robert Webb JP DL at the annual awards ceremony and receive a certificate. The Station was one of fifteen volunteer and charitable organisations from all over the County to receive the award in recognition of “great and valuable service to the community.”

The award also recognised the appreciation of the residents and people of the High Sheriff’s County for activity and contribution in enhancing the life of the community.

The Station personnel at the ceremony were Lifeboat Operations Manager Pete Whalley, Coxswain Gary Bird, Station Chairman Richard Freeman, Fundraising Branch Chairman Digby Moulden and Deputy Launching Authority David Forshaw.

Coxswain Gary Bird accepted the certificate and citation from the High Sheriff, Her Majesty the Queen’s representative in Lancashire, and thanked him for the honour.

Peter Whalley later said, “It was pleasing that all our volunteers, both crew and fundraisers, have been recognised by the High Sheriff for all their hard work and dedication to saving lives at sea. We all thank him.”

a group of five men hold a certificate

RNLI/David Forshaw

from left Digby Moulden, the High Sheriff, Richard Freeman, Pete Whalley and Gary Bird

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